Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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January 2016 61 steel panels. The planting design was completed on site from the diverse plants brought in from around the U.S. Many of the trees were in excess of 6" caliper and 20-25 feet tall. The first space one encounters entering the garden from the home is the raised patio. It is constructed of cut flagstone and carved stone balustrades. The patio overlooks a grand lawn and sunken garden at the back of the space and is framed by two magnificent 'Natchez' crape myrtles. The lawn is enclosed by quarried stonewalls with portals that offer views to other gardens. Extensive landscape borders edged in thin native fieldstone surround the beautifully manicured zoysia lawn. The garden beds have cultivars of Japanese maples, hollies, 'Little Gem' and 'Hasse' magnolias, plus numerous herbaceous perennials, annuals, bulbs and grasses. Descending the broad stairs at the far side of the grand lawn one enters the sunken garden, the location of the display fountain, which was also used as a wadding pool when the client's children were young. The small washed and smooth black aggregate ('Pebble Tech') provides a smooth and durable finished pool, creating an illusion of depth; the large flagstone edge is in shades of tan and browns. The large arched window in the back provides a seat and a view into the vast garden beyond. A large arched doorway in one of the walls invites the visitor into the first of several smaller intimate garden rooms. At the bottom of and to the right of the arched stairway is a stunning specimen 'Lusterleaf' holly. Across the small patch of lawn in another edged landscape bed is a 'Lipan' crape myrtle. Decorative hand-forged stainless steel garden panels separate the room from the adjoining courtyard. Above The Cascades originate from a quartzite stone grotto (sourced in Garland County) and tumble down 25 feet of gradient into two boulder-lined swimming pools. The fountain equipment (Fountain People) is housed in a buried fiberglass vault. Over 200 tons of sandstone boulders were sourced from rural Van Buren County to create this naturalistic stream. Accent plants for the falls are several cultivars of False cypress, Japanese maple, red buckeye and 'Weeping Blue Atlas' cedar.

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