Description: A young family purchased this townhouse with the immediate intent to refresh the decaying wood structures retaining the steep slope in the rear yard. An intense spring storm heavily damaged the property and changed their priorities when it ripped through the fence and destroyed a large pine tree, changing sun exposure on the site. This presented a new opportunity to reach their long-term goals of creating an inviting space in which their children could play. We created a dynamic layout that maximizes the vertical as well as horizontal planes in the space. The new native plant habitats help improve soil quality, while the retaining structures infiltrate rainfall runoff as they define the garden space and provide seating. Children now search for blue tailed ‘5-lined Skinks’ living near the pond-less waterfall; perch on boulders to watch birds nest in the vines; and wake each morning to spy butterflies weaving along the green roof.
Built Elements:Seat boulders, green roof, patio, paver entrance, pond-less waterfall, retaining + seat walls
Key Plants:American Wisteria, Blueberries, Fragrant Sumac, Purple Love Grass, Red Birch, Sourwood, Viburnum