Existing (Figure 14-38, left) This side yard is like many other narrow side yards. It seems just large enough to include a variety of shrubs along the side of the house, different shrubs along the fence line, a walkway through and into the front yard, and a few trees placed near the property line. Oftentimes, these spaces have little sun and make for sparse lawn areas. These types of spaces are usually linear in quality because of the limited space on the site. The challenge is to create a visually appealing space that also provides access.
Proposed (Figure 14-38, right) This could be an optimal space to use and view as a potted garden. Rather than trying to grow lawn in this space, there can be a series of regularly spaced stone slabs, like a checkerboard, as the base for placing pots and urns. Depending on the sun patterns in this space, the pots and urns can be moved rather easily, offering visual changes in the garden. Additional plants can be positioned to help block the views of adjacent as well as distant house faqades to keep views focused within the garden.
View into Entertaining Area
Existing (Figure 14-39, left) This is the most important area of the entertaining space, being adjacent to two often-used interior spaces. The view into this area is rather bland. Other than the small ornamental furnace, there is little to contain one’s interest. Because it is critical to maintain as much paved space as possible, it is strongly suggested to focus attention on potential changes in the walls to help establish character and ambience for this important exterior space.
Proposed (Figure 14-39, right) Two elements can be modified to help create a more comfortable and visually appealing space. The patio paving can be changed to incorporate two contrasting materials to form a more formal look. A regular stone pattern with a brick edge can help call attention to the space. Stone can be added at the corner to provide for a more symmetrical wall panel. A wood mantel for small potted plants and outdoor accessories can be centered on this wall. A wall sculpture can then serve as a major display in the space.
Meleca Master Plan (Figure 14-40)
The master plan consists of 10 specific areas that were developed based on the design sketches previously presented in this case study. They include:
Front Entry Space: Raised geometric stone terrace with a formal boxwood
hedge separating it from the front yard.
Central Viewing Garden: A place for ornamental urns and specialty pave
ment on axis with the central bay window.
Sculpture Area: A grove of four trees, along with hedges and annual color,
creates a special place for a piece of sculpture.
Potted Garden: A formal space is designed for viewing a changing collection
of potted plants throughout the year.
Formal Lawn Panel: This simple carpet of lawn acts as a base for a sculptural
Entertaining Space: An outdoor gathering space includes two ornamental ar
chitectural columns with an overhead beam.
Lawn and Walk: A brick walk provides a pleasant connecting link to the en
tire backyard and entertaining space.
Formal Vegetable/Herb Garden: The formal and orderly garden is in keep
ing with the rest of the design.
Additional Parking Spaces: Pavement has been added to provide two more
parking spaces for visitors.
Side Entry and Drive: A variety of colorful plantings, espaliered plants on a
trellis, and window box add more character.