The homeowners wanted to create a landscape that would thrive and evolve in each season. They wanted to use plantings to screen themselves from neighbors and the street. There are many planters throughout this property that are created and rotated throughout each season to bring extra color and vibrant elements.
Concrete and gravel paths combine with concrete seat walls that edge the back of a main courtyard space in Sonoma County, Calif. The design by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects was an American Society of Landscape Architects award-winning project.
Annuals have to be replaced seasonally but perennial plants like these hostas and heucheras will come back year after year and eventually grow to fill out your garden (Wade's garden is still relatively young). The cost savings is clear, says Wade: fill your yard with smaller (cheaper) perennials and you only have to plant once.