We maximized the front space of this lot by adding thick, lush plantings with a stone slab parking area and stone steps up to the front door. Plants at the front included various Sedge, Yew, Aralia, Hellebore, Rosemary and Japanese Maple to bring the space to life. Next to the swimming pool, a mixture of Arizona Cypress and Podocarpus were used to give extra privacy.
The stone slabs at the front of this house function as extra parking space, transitioning to a walking path to the front door. We softened the modern lines of the home with arching plant beds, a water feature and fire pit area. The pool in the courtyard was designed to complement the house and enhance the varying grade levels of the interior space. Lush planting beds and stepping stones were used again to soften the view.
O’Neil Ford’s Texas Modern at 3201 Wendover is on the National Register of Historic Places. With 10 acres lovingly restored from an overgrown tangle to a myriad of trails and meadows, it’s been described as “a meditative wonderland.” Photography courtesy of Jenifer McNeil Baker
Working with the owner/developers and a team of artists, architects and native plants experts, the rugged natural character of farm and floodplain was preserved even as residential and commercial environments were built. The innate qualities of the site are reflected in the new developments.
This simple garden has the added luxury of a shallow sunning pool tucked in the corner of the yard, built out of the ground and within eye level. The lawn is also framed elegantly by a tall planter with breezy grasses and shrubs. To tie it all together, gravel paths create a softer avenue for foot travel.