Magnolia Park, Burbank
This backyard has gone through a few metamorphoses. The Pergola was designed to disguise a part of the yard where nothing would grow because of the shade from the giant Ash tree. Then the Ash tree became infected with the polyphagous shot hole borer and had to be removed. It has been replaced with a Platunus racemosa, surrounded by a California native flower and herb garden.
A garden shed was enlarged and landscaped with a whimsical brick walkway leaving spaces for a groundcover area for the client's horticultural studies. An outdoor sink was incorporated for washing tools and filing watering cans.
Near the house, things are more structured with raised planting beds that supply seating, and a secluded courtyard that provides seasonal color views from the living room.