Gentle mounds and boulder piles enhance the site's drainage and reduce the total planted area and water use. They also create wildlife habitats and collect runoff. A drainage “moat” was built to prevent runoff from collecting under the house.
A sloping yard usually means drainage issues and you can see the evidence here with a dry creek that is positioned too close to the house. The entire side yard will soon be reconfigured into a multi-tiered space with a lawn (upper level), a central courtyard and fountain and a woodlands area in the lower section.
Test out your green thumb with these neutral brick container gardens. An alternative to raised garden beds, the containers elevate small garden plots to promote effective drainage and eliminate pesky pests and weeds.