This is now the seventh property we have been able to work on in the new River Glen Community in North Bend.  As with most of the properties in this neighborhood, we started with a basic turf backyard without any plants or hardscape.  This design was unique in that our clients came to us with some computer-generated photos of their property laying out some of the focal points that they were looking for.  This really helped speed up the design process and allowed us to really focus on the areas that were most important to our clients.  The main features of this project were the main patio, fire pit area, a water feature, and a small vegetable garden.  For the patio, we used Belgard’s Arbel paver in Victorian color which mimics a flagstone patio.  There are also two paths leading out from the patio constructed out of 2×2 pavers.  The fire pit is going to be built by the homeowner at a later date but we put down the foundations for the space.  We built three cedar trellises to frame the space which has a perfect view of Mt. Si.  We also constructed two cedar screens for the side yard to provide privacy from neighboring windows.  Once again we used a prefabricated water feature systems.  They are virtually maintenance-free and very easy to assemble, making it perfect for these types of applications.  The vegetable garden is a pretty basic setup but we think it really goes well with the rest of the landscape.  A vegetable garden regardless of size is also a great way to put a sustainable spin on your landscape.  The homeowner provided the steel troughs but we constructed a small pressure treated enclosure so the homeowner would have a nice place to harvest her vegetables.  We also installed Blueberry, Evergreen Huckleberry, and Espalier Apple trees to give our client fruit as well as vegetables.  The planting plan is a two-phase operation.  We put down all of the anchor plants now and we will be returning in the spring to add the perennials.  The main anchor trees are; Gold Ryder Cypress, Bloodgood Japanese Maple, a Tree Hydrangea for in front of the main window, and two Weeping Norway Spruce.  We used Hawthorne, Nandina, and Sarcoccoca for the anchor shrubs.  When we return in the spring we will be installing a variety of perennials to ensure our clients have a color-filled landscape during the summer months.  The final product turned out great and we really think this landscape is one of  kind!

Initial Landscape - Before

Initial Landscape - Before

Initial Landscape - Before