May 31, 2012 § 1 Comment
Tommy’s front yard design was one of several improvements to the O’Donnell residence. The Ranch Style house is well made and shares Craftsman Style elements. The recent addition of a front porch and portico knitted the two architectural styles closer together. LandSight’s design for the yard considered the client’s connection with Arizona’s deserts and his neighborhood sociability. The site’s new retaining wall and western aspect allowed for the great drainage and solar exposure desired by many plants of the desert and Southern Oregon.
The yard was set up to visually frame the house from the street. Alternately, the planting is enjoyed while sitting on the front porch. A narrow footpath arcs between the porch and wall, providing easy movement through the yard and an opportunity to get closer to the plants. Several pockets of pumice along the path provide a space in the garden for small interesting succulents.
The planting plan is a combination of desert and chaparral species that feels southwestern, yet the Southern Oregon natives provide a regional anchor. A true xeriscaping effort, water will only be applied by hand during the plantings’ infancy. In time, additional irrigation will not be necessary.
Mr. O’Donnell and LandSight reclaimed much of the yard from English Ivy, exposing a hidden stone wall and making room for the diverse planting plan. A testament to Mr. O’Donnell’s place in the community, several friends joined the planting effort during the heat of an unseasonably warm spring. Future improvements to the O’Donnell residence include a green wall planter and a small window arbor.