Like many Stapleton residents, this client had an unusable and unattractive side yard with a large drainage trench parallel to the house. The goal of this project was to make use of this valuable space by adding a patio, walkway, staircase, fountain, and trellises.

We installed a french drain and raised the grade to a level surface on which to build our dream garden. We built a large and inviting staircase down from the existing side patio on to a tumbled cobble paver walkway. This walkway leads both to a tumbled paver patio with a stuccoed seat wall and planter box on one side, as well as to the gate leading to the front yard. A decorative arbor was built over the gate for interest which will grow colorful vines. To break up the large, blank wall of their neighbor’s house we added trellises which will grow lush vines. A traditional recirculating fountain was installed to bring a cool and inviting look and feel to the space. The soothing sound enters the house through open windows. All plant material was selected to thrive in the north facing, shady aspect.

We added a retaining wall in the front yard to create a raised seating area near the front door. We re-used some existing plant material to allow the project to be more affordable, and completely revamped the existing planting scheme in the front yard. We added shrubs for structure and perennials for color and interest year round.

“Like many homes in Stapleton, our home has a very small outdoor space. We were at a complete loss as to how to landscape the odd shape and the fact that our outdoor space gets very little sunlight.What a relief and thrill it was to have Laura come into our lives with her exuberant passion and extensive knowledge of plants and landscaping! Our tiny, awkward, unusable space was transformed into a mini oasis, that magically seems much larger than before, and that we absolutely love. When we originally met with Laura we had a few ideas of what we wanted our space to look like. She took those ideas and created a seamless, flowing, beautiful plan. Once our project was underway Laura was here everyday managing and consulting with the landscapers. And once our project was done Laura educated us on each plant and how to care for it.vLaura is not only a professional, she is a bright, cheery person to work with, and she works tirelessly on your project to give the most satisfactory results.” -Tera Balerio