The owner of this 5 acre property in La Cresta wanted to make some outdoor improvements and wanted a French Cottage garden design which would include a low maintenance, waterwise xeriscape utilizing drought tolerant and California native plants.
We worked with Susan Frommer on the overall design which included the softscape, drip irrigation, decorative concrete patio, redwood deck, DG paths, and a redwood pergola with Roman columns. The overall design needed to provide a solution that would direct first time visitors and guests to the front entry of the house via an existing sidewalk. The installation of a redwood pergola, precast roman columns and decorative concrete solved this by accenting the sidewalk leading to the entryway. The cantilevered deck was added to enjoy the views , low maintennence drought tolerant plantings, DG paths and exposed aggregate concrete to add additional living and entertainment areas.
Preliminary Plan by Susan Frommer
Precast Columns with Travertine Finish
Introducing a circle in the design can provide more interest yet not lose the formal element. The DG pathways were dug out approx 5 ” so that the DG would sit in the ground and have a natural border. The same DG pathways that are used in a formal space fit in just as well in a smaller garden bordering the sidewalk leading to a formal entryway.
Although we often think of French landscaping in terms of large spaces, the overall style translates remarkably well into smaller courtyards . So while you might not want an entire landscape done in this style, you might find it ideal for a smaller area of your garden.