Victorian Xeriscape

Landscapes can transform houses! Before landscaping, this was an ornate older house obscured by scraggly trees and surrounded by a struggling lawn. After landscaping it was a Victorian jewel, set in a lush, formal water-conserving landscape. In the front, sumptuous red and peach plantings accented with blue and purple surround a brick framed octagonal lawn. In the back, a grand pergola and terrace invite contemplation of gardens shaped by interlaced circles, the diameters of which form the Fibonacci series. These circles culminate in a gazebo inspired by the Victorian tradition of landscape ‘follies’: structures evocative of ruins. Gracious steps lead down around an Italianate fountain to the lawn and a garden inspired by the owner’s childhood memories of Yellowstone National Park.