Landscape Architecture Garden Design California San Francisco Sonoma

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Mid-Century Garden

Located on a residential hillside, the Mid-Century Garden overlooks the bay. The landscape design is a beautiful composition of refined materials and planting that complements the mid-century architecture and is sensitive to the ecological, functional, and aesthetic needs of the client.

The front hillside planting was overhauled with native sages, grasses, and creeping manzanitas to fulfill the client’s erosion control, deer-resistant, drought tolerant, and low-maintenance requirements.

In the courtyard, a restrained material palette of light concrete, gravel, and corten brings tactile interest and provides a perfect backdrop for the entry planting palette that includes weeping blue atlas cedars and cheerful euphorbias.

The rear garden’s design program focused on providing opportunities for relaxing and entertaining. We embraced the existing triangular geometry by playing with a paving pattern that creates multi-programmable patio spaces and directs one’s attention to the views.

Hesperaloe and Agave geminiflora are planted in masses around the patio edges and provide additional framework for the views, while bands of elfin thyme between the hardscape blend into a lawn of drought-tolerant dymondia.

Project Information:
Architect: KCS Architects
Photography: @ShadesofGreen
Location: Mill Valley, CA