The upside of a very slow construction cycle is having an abundance of time to walk the property. We've had two years to think about how we would like to shape our landscape.
So it's really exciting to see those little shapes come off the graph paper and appear full sized on the ground!
This swath of grass in front of the pool is just right for a game of bocce.
The grass circle will be a surprise someday, hidden from view and found by following a path of stepping stones through a butterfly garden.
In thinking about these shapes, I reversed the usual process of starting with a lawn and "carving out" garden or foundation plantings.
Instead, I tried a more updated approach, geared toward minimizing the amount of high maintenance lawn area in favor of native pants.
Using graph paper to maintain scale, I started by drawing grass shapes only in places where we needed a flat green space either for activities to enhance a view.
Across the front the grass makes a neat barrier between the garden and the street.
we have a sidewalk to the front door (at last!)!
And inside the courtyard, the area for the dry creek bed is defined and waiting for the drainage pipe to be laid.
I've been looking at different planting ideas for this area.
There are some beautiful grasses being used in dry gardens.
I love how the light glows through these seed heads in this photo from prairieform.com.
Below is another type of grass with a lovely fountain form (google.co.uk).
I think I'll do more research on grasses...