Location: Portland, Oregon
Landscape Design: Alana Chau for Landscape Design in a Day
Install: Donna Burdick from D&J Landscape Contractors
Fencing: Cascade Fence and Deck
This wonderful family of 5 wanted a yard to really live in. They wanted to grow some food, play outside, eat dinner alfresco and gather with friends and neighbors. The largest constraint was the tricky lot, which was entirely a front yard.
Corner lots can be challenging to create distinct spaces and privacy. We worked with City of Portland to understand possible locations for the "back" yard. The layout we chose fits better with the neighborhood and creates an outdoor dining area that is closer to the kitchen door.
One of my favorite challenges with downtown Portland projects is stormwater management. I would love all the downspouts in the city to be properly hooked up to rain gardens and soakage trenches and dry wells instead of creating combined sewage overflows, polluting the Willamette River. (Key word there is "properly" hooked up, not creating basement water issues or just draining to the street.)
Often there will be more than one stormwater solution on a property, but this site made more sense to point all 4 downspouts to one oversized rain garden. Note the concave rock that has already been claimed as a dinosaur watering hole. The first spring, the rain garden filled up to the brim but did not overflow.
The new backyard is designed as a courtyard due to lack of space and the clients east coast roots. It's just large enough to comfortably fit a dining table and small couch.
The plants include an Frantoio Olive, Liberty Apple, Fuyu Persimmon, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries and a Juniper raised bed for annual veggies. I will put more pictures up, especially the plants, as the landscape matures.