The original back yard lacked personality; plantings were sparse and plain while any hardscape was dull and unflattering. Now the patio has been cleaned up and a vegetable garden was added for the client’s pleasure. The rich green of the plants are complimented by the cool, gray concrete and de-saturated wood planters.
Before the renovation, the front yard sloped towards the street with no interesting curb appeal. Steel planters were terraced into the grade as well as a new flagstone path to easily carry traffic to the front door. A front sitting area also adds function to the otherwise unused space. Lush grasses and shrubs add fresh and airy coziness to the home.
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
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.
A series of walled courtyards created by architect Max Levy separates the dining, sitting and strolling areas. A dramatic pool juts into the native grasses and pasture below, while elevated walks allow the owners to view their perennial gardens. The remainder of the site is planted to prairie grass and meadow.