Case: Established landscape that is surrounded by trees has become overgrown in some areas while the turf has disappeared. The cross tie stairway leading the backyard is deteriorating and uninviting. The Flowery Branch homeowner wants to create a natural retreat to relax with family and friends. Shade, drainage, and accessibility were considerations when establishing a landscape plan for the setting.
Solution: Create an outdoor gathering area that fits with the natural woodland backdrop. Some photos were provided by the homeowner to get a good idea of the style and color scheme. The overgrown shrubs and cross ties steps were replaced with stone stair treads, boulders and river stone. A boulder wall and fire pit complements the Tennessee flagstone and provides a nice focal point. Slate chips were used to provide a clear path that contrasts the more subtle tumbled cobble edging. Zeon Zoysia was used in the areas that were splashed with sunlight. The path continues around the house to storage area and fieldstone steps. Future plantings will include fern, oak leaf hydrangea and other woodland shrubs.