Halfmoon oasis

Installed in 2018 by Vista Landscaping

We got to revitalize one of my favorite estates. the years areas had changed and plantings needed to be updated. The catalyst for this landscape design was the 2017 Wildfires.

Suddenly a large swath of the property had been reset to bare earth. The homeowners brought us in to infuse life back into these area’s and tie through to what remained.

We tackled multiple projects on the property, the entry sequence, the inner courtyard and replanting seasonal color. The end results are a combination between tropical, native and Mediterranean in a style that is uniquely Sonoma.

 
ROOT INTRUSION  This courtyard has evolved over the years, the incredible Japanese Maple has utilized all of the soil. We wanted to add back in a lush shade garden without impacting the roots. Our solution, pots! We planted a series of earthen colored pots that will disappear in the year to come creating the illusion of a planted garden.

ROOT INTRUSION

This courtyard has evolved over the years, the incredible Japanese Maple has utilized all of the soil. We wanted to add back in a lush shade garden without impacting the roots. Our solution, pots! We planted a series of earthen colored pots that will disappear in the year to come creating the illusion of a planted garden.

NIGHT AND DAY  Transitioning from the blank slate left after the October 2017 wild fires burned through the property was a process. We used the existing plant palette that had survived and added to it. The final design is a soft welcoming glow of lavender blooms and warm orange trumpet vines.

NIGHT AND DAY

Transitioning from the blank slate left after the October 2017 wild fires burned through the property was a process. We used the existing plant palette that had survived and added to it. The final design is a soft welcoming glow of lavender blooms and warm orange trumpet vines.

 
FOCAL POINT  This boulder found its way into the design mid installation. As we laid out the plants something was missing here, we needed an anchor. The story the followed was heartwarming, connecting back in time to when the house was first built. In the end this incredible field stone is now greeting visitors as they arrive.

FOCAL POINT

This boulder found its way into the design mid installation. As we laid out the plants something was missing here, we needed an anchor. The story the followed was heartwarming, connecting back in time to when the house was first built. In the end this incredible field stone is now greeting visitors as they arrive.

LAYERS  Our main focus in re-planting the courtyard was to add back in layers. In the back row are Azaleas and Japanese maples, the middle ground has ferns and astillbe. In the foreground we used annuals that can be switched out each year.

LAYERS

Our main focus in re-planting the courtyard was to add back in layers. In the back row are Azaleas and Japanese maples, the middle ground has ferns and astillbe. In the foreground we used annuals that can be switched out each year.

 
PLANT PALETTE  A balance of strong structural shrubs and floral drifts combine to welcome visitors into the home. Year around interest as well as a solid connection to surviving areas of landscaping.

PLANT PALETTE

A balance of strong structural shrubs and floral drifts combine to welcome visitors into the home. Year around interest as well as a solid connection to surviving areas of landscaping.