The owners of this splendid yard in Walnut Creek, California, wanted an inviting space for outdoor living and entertaining that is when they consulted Huettl Landscape Architecture to see to the details — and these have been several. After arranging the water function and cascade, the architects developed the layout about a linear wood deck that runs like a “spine” from the spa area of the yard, across the water, and to a fireplace and patio covered with a trellis. A variety of “rooms” emerge from this layout: the outdoor breakfast deck is like an extension of the kitchen the fireplace and steel arbor echo a household area and the spa and plantings reflect the calm serenity of a bedroom. (Even though it must be said that when the small ones are about, there’s not a lot of calm serenity along the paver paths!)
Plantings here are lush and cool: ground cover and perennials edge the interior and exterior walls, whilst willows and water grasses dot the pond. Color comes from bright lilies and variegated red grasses, but the predominant aura right here is green. Shrubs wrap gracefully about pillars and climb concrete, even though mature trees offer shade general. And cannot you just imagine how gorgeous that steel trellis will be with climbers on it? This plan’s versatility — being equally adaptable to quiet contemplative moments or bunches of family members and close friends in a celebration — hasn’t gone unnoticed, either: in the 2006/2007 Sunset Magazine Dream Garden Awards, this took the Grand Prize! It is a winner all the way around: the garden at the Ott residence, by Huettl Landscape Architecture.
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