This client's primary goal was to grow lots of food, while reducing the need to mow and irrigate. This garden mitigates drainage issues by directing the stormwater where it is useful and able to infiltrate, rather than causing erosion, and maximizing growing space for children and neighbors to enjoy.
Less than 6-months after construction, this home was already experiencing washout and erosion due to poor drainage. Mud was consistently collecting in their driveway. The corner lot has great sunlight, and the client wanted to reduce the expanse of lawn to grow fruits, berries, and pollinator habitat.
"Our garden is bringing so much joy while we're stuck at home! We've been berry picking everyday, and half our haul is in the bellies of neighborhood kids! You are brilliant!"
Featured images: edible privacy hedge; custom arbor with native honeysuckle; boulder retaining wall with repositioned plants; medicinal St. John's wort in raingarden; strawberry border; repositioned foundation plants with pollinator nectary; native honeysuckle; pineapple guava hedge; native butterfly milkweed; native pollinator plants and herbs; strawberries for the neighbors to pick along sidewalk; raingarden for driveway overflow; apple tree; 500-gallon cistern directs roof water to tank & gravity feeds overflow to street via raingardens, solving erosion issue; recycled rainbarrel for watering container plants; rain-fed irrigation and raingarden; vegetated bioswale to infiltrate driveway water.