The homeowner was interested in turning the front yard into a private retreat, sheltered from the street. We borrowed a few ideas from Zen/Japanese gardens to create a tranquil space, with lush shade plantings and eye catching boulders. The backyard has an existing in-ground pool, and an outdated concrete patio. The renovation proposes a large, paved patio, a modern cedar pergola, and various raised beds for flowers and privacy trees like Columnar Norway Spruce and Woodward Juniper. The extensive use of ornamental grasses creates a modern look, and the non-shedding grasses won’t clog the pool filters!