This 1 acre property in Santa Barbara is a “home away from home” for our client during Florida’s hurricane season (May through October).
Because the water table for this property is high and the grounds are naturally very wet, we were able to use more thirsty plants to balance out the moisture content of the soil.
We used a few pest and disease resistant Mediterranean plants to be consistent with the architecture of the home. Then, we complemented them with thirsty plants to compensate for the naturally occurring high water table.
The family wanted lots of colorful blooms during their 6 month stay each year, so we incorporated cannas, gardenias, roses, hydrangeas, and bougainvillea.
The once barren walls of the motor court are now beautifully softened, acting as the supports for the espaliered fruit orchard: lemon, apple, orange, tangelo, lime, mandarin, kumquat, and peach.
Large pottery from Italy creates stunning focals and were chosen specifically for growing culinary herbs for daily use.
We doubled the perceived size of the house with terraces and patios that allow for indoor entertaining to expand and flow outdoors, accommodating their large extended-family gatherings.
With the high water table, the natural drainage tendency was through the house; we rerouted the drainage around the house.
We masked the series of new bioswales to invisibly blend with the garden’s more formal theme.