Big Picture: Garden oasis

April 15, 2015 -  By


LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

COMPANY: Botanical Decorators, Olney, Md.

THE DETAILS: The clients wanted a modern garden to serve as the main entrance to their newly renovated townhouse. The space needed to accommodate the needs of three dogs, two cats and two urban professionals amid satisfying the uses of dining, cooking, entertaining and gardening.

Botanical Decorators installed artificial turf for the pets, and a tree grows up out of the turf to enhance the natural atmosphere. Because traditional hardwood mulch is messy in this kind of site—and too appealing to the cats—it was replaced with a finely textured river rock.

The side yard now is an outdoor grilling area, bedecked with lush but simple plantings such as espaliered camellias, clump form bamboo and a coral-barked Japanese maple. A cobblestone arc visually expands the narrow space and bridges the area between the flagstone tiles and the back door.

This this project also earned a National Landscape Awards of Excellence Grand Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Photos: Jasper Colt

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