Olive Grove

This long, raised front yard consisted of an old lawn that had very little grass left and a few shrubs that had been pruned over the years into green lumps.

The owner wanted something that was easy to keep and would give room for her to play with it in the future, but would not be overcrowded. A curving flagstone path leads from the road to a large flagstone patio all laid on sand and interplanted with thyme. Two olive trees surround a circular seating area and larger plants are designed to discreetly mask unwanted views.

The driveway was relpaced with poured concrete with a shell pattern of cut-outs filled with crushed rock, allowing water running down the drive to be reabsorbed rather than allowing it to run into the storm drains. 

Olive Before