Sustainable Suburban

This landscape was a lemon. Bentonite clay soil and narrow steep garden areas that either froze or baked, and nowhere for a passionate gardener to play; all dominated by a large monolithic house perched on a hill. Now these happy homeowners are sipping lemonade, surrounded by lush, colorful, water-wise gardens.

Local flagstone wall veneer brought out the beauty of the house, and repeating the stone in the new terraces wove together the house and gardens. Native xeriscape plants thrive in the heavy clay and provide brilliant color and pollinator habitat throughout the year. The finished basement has been transformed by enlarging the window wells into unique sunlit gardens framing a view of the Continental Divide. Pathways through edible landscapes and terraced gardens beckon from the front and back patios and decks, and roof runoff is directed into rain gardens.