Lori Scott Landscape Design

Asian Retreat

The Schoens 20-year-old landscape needed updating and better privacy. Joe actually loves puttering in the garden, although he insisted that he wanted low-maintenance! He loves rocks, water, conifers and just about every garden style!

I tried to create some order and discipline, while keeping Joe’s delightful eclectic style. We cut a circle out of the old concrete patio and dry-laid Iron Mountain flagstone with casual spacing– perfect for scotch moss to seed in and knit together the stones. He had begun the privacy wall with arborvitae hedging, which was starting to fail under the neighbor’s old tree. We kept the healthy part, and added lovely clear-cedar fencing with a subtle Asian pattern.

The front and side beds have a more traditional feel, with the house as the backdrop. I created stepped down stone walls to outline flowing new beds. The plantings are taller than most foundation plantings, as they must help soften the imposing height of the house. The foliage colors are effective throughout every season, and need very little irrigation.