Today’s photos from Robin Parsons show a beautiful garden she designed for some clients in Seattle with her company, Spring Greenworks.
My two clients, Debra and Ramona, are tech leaders in the software industry. They moved to Seattle from California, looking for lots of outdoor entertaining space and roaming space for their three diva dogs. They wanted their garden to reflect a modern aesthetic. They were also seeking to grow their own organic produce and have a number of relaxed entertainment spaces for out-of-town guests.
The highlight of the garden includes a series of curving steel retaining walls that have been strategically placed to capture and direct rainwater through the property.
Here’s a wide view of the steel retaining walls, planted up with drought-tolerant plants in a modern, sophisticated color scheme.
Above the steel walls, a series of custom steel planters support a plethora of seasonal vegetables and herbs.
The whimsical 5-foot trellis bean tower stands sentinel in the planters and has a built-in nest for avian visitors.
As the patio and walls curve around the house, the patio transitions to a modern dimensional paver design inset with Mexican pebbles as well as tufts of bright ground cover. This side of the patio is bordered by a massive drift of blue fescue (Festuca glauca, Zones 4–8) on one side and steel planters lushly filled with ‘Little Lime’ hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’ Zones 3–8) and contrasting black and burgundy plantings.
This detail of one of the plantings shows how the burgundy foliage used in the plantings echoes the color of the steel retaining walls.
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