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  Spanish Hills Residence  
 
  DRAMATIC

Large rock outcrops rise above the rich colors and textures of evergreens and grasses, echoing the mountain backdrop. Spring through fall a vivid array of perennial flowers delight the senses as birds bathe and drink in the waterfall. Native grasses sweep in from the adjacent open space.

The landscape included an inviting outdoor patio near the living room, dramatic views from all house windows, mitigation of highway noise, seasonal interest and low maintenance.
XERISCAPE

Evergreens, shrubs and ornamental grasses were used for most of the landscape, with perennials saved for the entry and around the back patio where their color and beauty would justify their higher maintenance and water use. Drainage engineering for the house required very low landscaping water use. Despite this and a windy, exposed site with heavy clay soil, the landscape has thrived and provided year-round beauty.

Excellence in Landscape Award
 
 
   
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