With identical stone columns and a charming cedar gate, the entrance to this backyard feels like something out of The Secret Garden. Twin lanterns enhance the enchanting aesthetic and offer a guiding light for visitors at night.
A sliding aluminum gate opens to a courtyard with a dining area. The artistry of the design by Matthew Cunningham, winner of a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award, matches the style of the urban courtyard, which also features western red cedar fencing.
The cedar fence includes a door for easy access to and from the back deck, while the gravel footpath is a smart addition that looks fantastic and works well as a groundcover in an area that doesn’t get much rain.
Bluestone paving with pebble accents, crushed granite and cedar fencing work together to transform what was previously an RV parking space into a modern courtyard. The lines of the furniture mimic the lines of the cedar fencing.
As guests make their way around the side of the house, they'll follow a driveway made of reclaimed granite from the Yangtze River. A garage with cedar shaker siding sits at the end, with a wood gate leading into the garden.
A small cedar arbor over the gate creates an entryway into the backyard. By adding various plant types that bloom during different times of the year, the homeowners have a new experience each season. The dwarf mondo grass in between the stepping stones acts as a sponge to soak up any water left standing. Spreading juniper in front of the koi pond provides cover for the filter and pump compartments.