Front yard Gardening Design

June 18, 2017
Front Yard Gardening design

Frontyard Landscape Garden Design Calimesa, CA“Old school” is how Michael Farndale described the look of his nondescript front yard in Bothell, Wash., before he began transforming it three years ago. After having it professionally hardscaped with walkways, stepping stones and rockscapes, he set out on his own to create a glorious Zen-like garden populated with plants native to the Pacific Northwest. “It was the typical grass yard from the sidewalk to the house, with a few scattered shrubs and English ivy taking over. My desire was a lawn-free landscape that would require no mowing, watering or fertilizing and would be inviting to wildlife, ” says Farndale.

Water flows from a sculptural fountain into an underground reservoir.

All that remains of the former yard are a few spirea, rhododendrons and maple trees. The grass is completely gone and replaced by a colorful palette of native plants carefully selected by Farndale to thrive in the Pacific Northwest climate. A lace-leaf Japanese maple that was crowding his front door was moved about 20 feet away from the house towards the street, where its beautiful Bonsai-like form can be fully appreciated.

Walkway Garden Design Calimesa, CAA wooden-plank pathway leads visitors through the garden in zigzag fashion.

To add to the garden’s Zen atmosphere, a network of stone and wood-plank pathways lead to areas of meditation, including a fence-framed sanctuary where a stone Buddha head presides and a sculptural fountain made of concrete by the entryway. Instead of downspouts, metal rain drains with delicate lotus-shaped cups transport water from the eaves to the vegetation below in bucket-brigade fashion.

A Buddha head presides in this fence-framed section of the garden.

Most of the plants added by Farndale are perennials, including coneflower (Echinacea), sea holly (Eryngium), orchids (Bletilla), blackberry lilies (Belamcanda), Fritillaria, Mukdenia, Vancouveria, Dodecatheon and many others. “We attempted to use as many native plant materials as possible, or at least plants that can withstand dry summers. Our soils are very sandy and loamy, and can dry out very quickly.” he says.

Landscape Divider Garden Design Calimesa, CAFarndale’s home is located about 12 miles north of Seattle, at the north end of Lake Washington. "Throughout most of the year, the weather feels like it's always spring, ” he says. “Average winter temperatures are relatively mild (about 40 degrees F).”

The exception is July, which is often warm and dry, with temperatures soaring to the upper 80s or low 90s. “Summer starts about July 5th, when it seems to stop raining overnight, averaging about six weeks of no rain until sometime in August, ” Farndale says. To keep his plants from withering during these prolonged dry spells, he installed a drip irrigation system throughout the entire landscape. In addition, a good portion of the rain runoff from the roof is designed to drain into the center of the garden and percolate into the ground.

Farndale’s newly adopted philosophy of working with nature rather than against it has paid off, resulting in a yard that delivers great beauty with little attention. “The former old-school style required much more work to maintain than what it is today, ” he says.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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