The entry garden to this small urban lot starts at the street yard with airy flower heads of Mexican Feather grass // Nassella tenuissima, swaying gently with the slightest breeze. Their delicate leaves create a softness and welcoming experience for the busy neighborhood sidewalk.
Taking its cue from the modern form of the front porch addition, the entry garden relies on the stiff, metallic blue blades of the Heavy Metal Switch Grass // Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’, to repeat the rhythm of the concrete grade beams in the garden. While the contorted form of the ancient Olive tree // Olea europaea, is planted as a sculptural element to anchor the front garden.
Careful selection of materials, both hardscape and planting, is crucial to making a small site feel comfortable rather than constrained. Crushed limestone performs double duty, as a walking surface and a mulch to maximize the back courtyard. Japanese Blueberry // Elaeocarpus decipiens, is pruned to form tidy, box-shaped canopies, leaving the understory clear for extra play surface.