About This Project
This residential backyard project in North Seattle transforms a once hard to use steep lawn into a useable space for reading, relaxing, or sitting around a fire. The planting plan for the garden incorporates primarily northwest native plants that are low maintenance and will add privacy as they mature. The addition of over 700 tulip, daffodil, allium, muscari, and edibles like pear, blueberry, and huckleberry will add swatches of colors and flavors throughout the year.

With a 35% grade and heavy clay soil with poor drainage, over a ton of soil amendments had to be brought in by wheelbarrow and tilled into planting beds to prepare the garden for installation. The sloped lot would be structurally complicated and expensive to terrace, so the alternative option was to work with the topography.

The main design feature is a curving stepped gravel path that guides people down to the lower patio area. Here, the circular seatwall can accommodate groups of people for roasting marshmallows or sitting around the fire pit. On a warm summer day, you can relax surrounded by lavender bushes and speckled shade of the grove of Japanese maples.