Garden Tour 2015

Relaxing Renovation

This renovation went from a traditional tract home front yard of turf and more turf, to a relaxing courtyard surrounded by an attractive landscape.

The renovation begins with a wide walkway of warm toned stamped concrete accented by smooth banding that leads to the courtyard. A beautiful ceramic urn signals your arrival to the courtyard and the low stucco wall with precast concrete cap creates sufficient privacy and enclosure. The space is amply sized for a seating arrangement to accommodate morning coffee, an afternoon book or a visit with friends or neighbors. A focal point and additional ambiance is provided by the wall fountain against the house. Now isn’t that better than lawn!

The landscape consists of low to moderate water using plants with a variety of dark and lime green foliage. Seasonal blooms are provided by Golden Breath of Heaven and Fringe Flower in the spring and Lavender, Rosemary and Santa Barbara Daisy in the summer. The fruitless olive tree is situated perfectly to shade the courtyard in the late afternoon as it matures. Earth toned lava rock provides mulch on the ground plane and is a perfect complement to the terracotta tones in the tile roof. In addition, a dwarf citrus tree will provide fruit for years to come!

(Landscape design and installation by Jeff Cookson, Cosumnes River Landscape)

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