Natives Shade Slope

This micro front yard on a slope gets fairly deep shade but still had the potential for big impact. Our woodland natives brought a lush green carpet to this space, growing in very quickly after just a couple months of planting. We mixed in plenty of hardy evergreen shrubs as well, like Choisya (mexican orange), and Mahonia (oregon grape) for year round interest when the native perennials die back in the winter. A stone "river" adds texture and dimension while adding to the naturalistic feel.

The sidewalk strip, which consisted of pure rock mulch before, was given a curved berm for native plants and a flagstone path for moving trash bins and easy access to street parking in this neighborhood without driveways.

LOCATION

Buckman

GARDEN GOALS

- Backyard Habitat Certification (native plants)

- shade and slope tolerant

- naturalistic look

- low water and low maintenance

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BEFORE

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AFTER - Growth after a few months

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AFTER - freshly planted

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DESIGN CONCEPT

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Flagstone for trash can placement and car entrance

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With sidewalk strip

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Hardy natives for shade like salal and evergreen huckleberry are at home in the sidewalk strip