Rustic Hillside Retreat11 Photos
One of the goals of this project was to connect the adjacent vacant lot to the existing residence to improve curb appeal and add entertaining space to the original residence

Rustic Hillside Retreat

The entire lot was fenced in with a beautiful redwood fence with English lattice top to add architectural interest. The hillside plantings are a combination of California natives and drought-tolerant plants to encourage birds and butterflies into the garden as well as control hillside erosion. A wooden staircase, inlaid with natural stone and pebbles, with metal and wood railing connects the lower level to the upper level. Photo by: Magda Lane

Rustic Hillside Retreat

View from the existing residence of the new upper level entertaining area completed. New shrubs will grow together to form a hedge and will provide additional privacy and screening from the adjacent property. The new redwood fence provides a beautiful architectural element. There is a small bridge that transitions to a natural stone landing to welcome the visitor into the space.

Rustic Hillside Retreat

This project was a steep hillside. An aqueduct-type step-down system was constructed to slow down and retain runoff. There is a drainage system beneath the plantings, stone and mulch.

Rustic Hillside Retreat

This garden provides part of the frame for the steps leading up to the private entertaining area. The garden was installed three years ago and has grown in so beautifully to provide color and texture throughout the year.

Rustic Hillside Retreat

These plants are California natives in full bloom. They are hummingbird magnets, low water and graceful.

Rustic Hillside Retreat

The natural, woodland garden has grown in beautifully. covering the hillside with color and texture. The bottom retaining wall has now been covered with a living green wall of kurapia ground cover.

Rustic Hillside Retreat

This staircase rises 40 feet to the entertaining area above. California Native Ceanothus and bunch grasses provide texture, color and interest. There is a concrete fabric used to help control erosion and provide slope stabilization.

Rustic Hillside Retreat

This bridge connected the exterior patio of the main house to the new entertaining, relaxing space. This bridge was custom built on site.

Rustic Hillside Retreat

Designer dog run created for small dogs with two different surfaces to accommodate their needs: plants for texture and fragrance; rocks for marking territory; hardy groundcover to be drought-tolerant and withstand urination and defecation, a tree to provide shade and screening from the adjacent residence

Rustic Hillside Retreat

New redwood deck and stone and river pebbles transition to new staircase to the upper level and lower level dog run.

Rustic Hillside Retreat

There is no irrigation for this garden. It is watered by hand once per week, even during the hottest months. It is a combination of sharp and soft edges. The grasses will flower in the late fall with large pink plumes rising above the body of the plants. This is at one of the entrances to the new garden.