Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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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The client wanted an area for games or outdoor camping for the grand kids. The choice was a lawn of Marathon sod offset with 'Sweet Shade' (Hymenosporum flavum) trees, a medium sized Australian native with dark green glossy leaves and yellow scented flowers. A special feature of the backyard is a 1,322 sq. ft. synthetic putting green, which combines TigerTurf Diamond Pro Fescue artificial grass with Nylon Putt 2 Tone by No-Mow Turf of Trabuco Canyon, Ca. A semi-secluded seating area offers a El Dorado stone bench surrounded by a colorful rose garden. A second semi-secluded seating area with another stone bench is surrounded by weeping Peppermint willows (Agonis flexuosa) and overlooks the putting green, with the school playground in the far background. Trees and shrubs were specified for seasonal color, including a very hard to find Magnolia x soulangeana 'Alexlandrina', commonly known as saucer magnolia. The 'Alexandrina', introduced in France around 1831, flowers a purple pink with white interiors and rarely produces fruit. Its oblong green leaves are 4-8" long. The foliage turns greenish-yellow in the fall. Above: Out from the new unattached, covered outdoor kitchen area is a 1,322 sq. ft. synthetic putting green that combines TigerTurf Diamond Pro 80 oz. artificial fescue with nylon 'Putt 2 Tone'. Bottom: The backyard hardscape is a diamond cut stamped concrete. The custom fire pit is 'Cypress Ridge Countryside' architectural stone in irregular shapes. Gold, browns and olive green hues are offset with rust-colored accents. Behind the Trex bench to the right is a Magnolia x soulangeana 'Alexlandrina' that required a search from Santa Barbara to San Diego to locate. The other trees are 'Sango- Kaku' coral bark maples, with bright yellow 'Kangaroo Paws' in the foreground. November 2017 67

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