Sunny East Bay Yard

In the sunny East Bay, this sidewalk strip was rampant with invasive weeds. The former lawn had been completely neglected. And there was a potential clash of colors between two prominent plants, a hot pink camellia bush and a burgundy-colored Japanese maple. To provide continuity, we chose plants with burgundy foliage and pink flowers, such as Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) and Heuchera. Wine-colored aeoniums, madrone, hellebores, and manzanita all bolstered this theme. A dry creek bed was installed — not to be functional but to give a more wild feel to the residential/urban landscape.

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