After a few failed attempts by other companies to create a pond, this client asked us to create a peaceful oasis in their backyard with the foothills of Boulder as a backdrop. A unique mix of formal stacked strip stone and uncut sandstone boulders were brought into harmony surrounding the pond and a waterfall, reminiscent of a path, was created, allowing the water from irrigation rights to flow into the pond.
Pitched against Boulder’s Flatirons, this residence is seated on the edge of open space, entertaining a steady stream of wildlife visitors. Instead of fencing them out, we designed these gardens to support and exist alongside the native fauna. Plants that are deer-resistant and pollinator-friendly are able to support local biodiversity while making the garden both an inviting and enchanted space.
Grace and beauty mingle in this garden as the curved lines of the Fibonacci sequence pull and accentuate one another throughout this design. The underlying rhythm of this garden is based on a mathematical ratio, giving a sense of unity and order to each part. With a mixture of black granite boulders and gray stone patios, the plantings in this garden fill the bold form with delicate beauty. These special clients had a daring vision for their yard: remove nearly all of their expansive Kentucky Bluegrass lawn and replace it with spaces which would be more useful, beautiful, and enjoyable. Fire, water, patios, a zip-line and ninja-line, all lay in the midst of this beautiful family garden.
Visions of Japanese zen gardens were in the back of our client’s minds when we met with them about their front yard. While not an everyday request, designing zen-style gardens is not out of the question. With our climate’s extremes of hot, cold and dry finding the right plants can be a challenge. These gardens rely on the contrast between void and form. Pathways flow through the heart of the garden, designed to create vantage points and give the sojourner a window through which to glimpse beauty. A singing brook bubbles from an outcropping of massive river boulders, winding its way beneath a stone bridge, ending in a shallow pool.
One of the best parts of our work is the process understanding our client’s vision for their space and turning it into reality. These wonderful homeowners wanted the tranquility of falling water in their backyard while maintaining a modern aesthetic that reflected the design and architecture of their home. They wanted patios for entertaining and hosting as well as a welcoming place for their children to play. These stone patios and granite boulder retaining walls bring a timeless and rooted feel to the space while their muted hues lend themselves to an understated elegance.
Charged with the task of re-creating a failed, cascading stone river and falls, extensive dressed-stone retaining walls and another stone pool and falls, the Kelly residence was not a trivial project. It seems that to rebuild something is always more challenging than to build it from scratch. Salvaging bits and pieces from the old walls and river and combining them with new material, we were faced with the challenge of blending our work with that of the old, intact walls. Our task of restoring the river and walls was accomplished and the call of beauty from the distant mountains was answered.
Astride Rabbit Mountain, this garden presented the opportunity to blend home and outdoor spaces with the wild surroundings of the open and rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountain foothills. We used natural materials local to the site and designed the plants of the garden to echo the landscape of the mountainside. We also wanted to incorporate extravagant colors that would take the scorching sun and reflect its high intensity in both bright and cool hues. We were able to capture a piece of each sunset in the back lighting of the native shrub Fallugia paradoxa Apache Plume. The vibrancy the plants of this landscape reflect the beauty of appropriate plants in an equally appropriate setting.
Lince Rossa, Planting
In a community surrounded by open space at the foot of the rockies, these gardens are exposed to some of the region’s most extreme wind and weather. We chose this colorful palette of hearty perennials, shrubs and trees to capture and reflect the bold romance of the home and natural setting.These photos, taken during the planting of the gardens in 2017, capture the joy and excitement experienced at this phase of the landscape installation. The process of living plants mathematically laid out by our designers and carefully placed in the soil by our attentive staff is both gratifying and foretelling of the life and fullness that is to come.