The mud pit finally dried up and we put in the flagstone and gravel patio. I talked about this in my earlier blog – https://ravenscourtgardens.com/2014/03/17/latest-install-bogged-down-by-much-needed-rain/ While it is not evident here, these flagstones are between 4 and 6 inches thick and cut into the native soil. Went there Saturday after the rain to give the homeowners a thank you gift and everything looked high and dry. Could not resist buying a forged metal triangle to hang on the shed roof cooking area.
The sink was left over when they remodeled the house. We built a stand for it so they could use it next to their BBQ. The metal roof means they can even cook in the rain : )
The sound of running water is always soothing. We made a place for a fountain right outside there screen porch so they could enjoy the sound inside and out in the garden too!
Welded wire panels are installed on the back fence and planted with Tangerine crossvine. In a year or two it will be a wall of green. The bigger shrubs, on the fence we built between the houses are Savannah hollies. They can grow up to 30 feet tall but take hedging very well. There is drip irrigation in all the beds even the raised herb and vegetable bed. The walls of the raised bed are made to be 18 inches, a good sitting height for weeding and during a outdoor gathering!
Notice the strand of drip tubing (which will be covered in mulch). We found that the thick layer of gravel behind the raised bed allowed for passage as well as drainage.
In areas, such as this, where there is little sun and poor airflow turfgrass does not easily flourish. We took cues from the rear yard and made a welcoming (and low maintenance) path into the side yard.
For more pictures of this project you can go to http://www.houzz.com/projects/502282/Urban-Texas-rustic-ranch-style-garden-