This was a larger project. We did pretty much a complete makeover for this homeowner to this NE house in Portland. We did a landscape design for them for the front yard. It included a large number of plantings. We would be ripping out all grass in the yard for a more sustainable, low maintenance mulch yard.
In the front yard we were going to remove the grass and add a retaining wall to prevent erosion, and maximize usable space. They also just look really nice. Next to it, we installed a path for easier access with the garbage cans. We added a bunch of small perennials along the 18" raised bed that hugs the house. Don't forget about the lighting for that truly professional look. We would add a cohesive plant pallet. One of the issues with the yard was that well intentioned previous owners had added things over the years, with not much of a plan in place. We had to pull a lot of stuff out and start from scratch.
At the top of the stairs we reset some flagstone step stones for foot traffic. Daphne, Azaleas, and Kalmias accented with sword ferns and mahonia are a great combo here. Really pulling everything together.
There was a mess of plants here, few of which were doing great.
Our customer wanted to get rid of their parking strip grass, and continue the planted mulch beds theme. We needed to account for a good amount of foot traffic from the street parking. So we installed flagstone steps stones to get across. That plant pallet was a bit different here due to the extra sun, but is still tied together nicely.
The backyard was less ripping out, more adding on. A lot of these plants in the back were continuations of plants in the front. We moved some Hostas around. Notice the yellow thuja we planted in the back. We also planted new jasmine under the trellises. What an improvement! We were sad to be done with this project.