After building an addition on their Decatur home, these clients wanted to manage water as a resource and direct it to useful areas within the yard, create pollinator and songbird habitat, and create spaces for children to discover nature. The woodland understory was augmented with an abundance of native species, including Florida star anise, marginal woodfern, columbine, beebalm, sensitive fern, bottlebrush buckeye, and more.
This site had some wonderful plantings already existing, but over time the paths had eroded due to water runoff, and the spaces were not being used to the fullest. The addition required reworking access into and throughout the yard. Defining paths to protect garden beds from neighborhood children was also a concern.
"Having an outdoor space to enjoy is so important. This is my sanctuary and my legacy, and I love that all of the neighborhood children enjoy the garden as well."
Featured images: children's treehouse through woodland garden; meandering flagstone paths weave through forest garden; indoor/outdoor connection with new addition; path through native woodland garden; native ferns and azaleas; hidden bench in children's garden; lush understory with 4 season interest; columbine in forest understory; pervious flagstone path helps manage water; "tapped" downspout with leaf filter directs water to raingarden; riprap from concrete demolition is recycled onsite as base in trenches and paths; raingarden planted with native ferns.