March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

looking across the crushed granite toward the garden shed

The Hayashi project was based on a volcanic crater concept with a Japanese motif.  The demolition for the project required removing the existing sod and digging a depression or ‘crater’ in the center of the backyard.  Mike Baker of Rejuvenation Landscapes, and Justin Ramsey of JRC Construction were Land Sight team members during construction.

a view of the backyard prior to construction

The center of the garden is a storm water basin that percolates into the native soil.  An ebb and flow of surface water is visible during large rain storms.  Part of the runoff is captured to refill the basin’s water feature and pumped through a ceramic koi fountain.  A new deck extends from the kitchen and cantilevers over the crushed granite of the ‘crater’ reminiscent of Japan’s dry sand gardens.

the deck extends over the storm water basin

A new garden shed was built with a green roof that extends to provide covered storage outside of the sliding doors.  The roof supports continue to create a trellis for clematis.  A weather station and rain gauge are mounted to the shed to moderate the irrigation system and conserve water.

the garden shed with a green roof provides storage and space for the irrigation controls

The planting plan uses a range of warm colored blooms that contrast with blue-violet to complement the volcanic wildflower aesthetic.  A backdrop of Evergreen shrubs insulate the garden with a backdrop of varied foliage textures and colors.

a detail of the planting with Juncus, Geum, tickseed, penstemon and a dwarf pine

a sketch of the plan

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