SLEEPY HOLLOW / SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA RETREAT This large, barren, open landscape was transformed into an inviting, relaxing series of spaces to be enjoyed by the home owners. The dramatic entrance welcomes visitors to the front garden with curvaceous pathways that lead to a stately pergola on one side of the residence. The existing plain column near the front door was my inspiration. I designed columns for the front gate entrance and the side pergola structure. And incorporated an architectural cap and base detail for all of the columns for balance and continuity. I minimized the lawn areas and used decomposed granite to occupy large areas of the landscape to further minimize water usage. Drought tolerant Mediterranean and CA native plants complete the design. See listing below. This Garden was featured on the Marin Eco-Friendly Garden Tour on May 9th, 2009.
The plant palette includes a variety of textural and floral Mediterranean and California native plantings, designed to have year-round appeal and interest. Forest Pansy Redbud trees (Cercis canadensis) provide some Summer shade and provide a nice balance along the pathways. California Native Plants in this garden include: Penstemon heterophylla, Carpenteria Californica and Ceanothus 'Concha'. Other drought tolerant plants include: Phormiums, Cistus, Lavatera, Daphne, Lavenders and Lambs Ears, to name a few.
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