DeLong Garden

Stone slabs stacked into a beehive spiral across a seasonal stream, continuing their march though drought tolerant buffalo grass. The spiral is viewed from the home's main deck, creating movement and surprise in the garden. This garden is located in Northern Utah, and was inspired by the world famous Spiral Jetty, also located in Northern Utah.

Design: The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design

Installation: By the owners'.

Fulmer Garden

Fireworks in the garden replaced a drab, water thirsty lawn and Dwarf Alberta Spruce in this suburban garden. A virtual explosion of color brightens the neighborhood. Locally quarried sandstone paths spiral through drought tolerant plantings of penstemon, mallow, Russian Sage, Sea Pinks, and Blue Flax.  Structure is provided through the use of beautiful Service Berry trees, while Black Aronia and Sea Green Juniper shrubs provide shelter and food for local avian friends.

Landscape Design & Project Coordination: The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design

Stone work: BT Stone Masonry

Landscape Installation: Western Landscaping

Gesteland Garden

This is truly a great example of a 'before and after' project, and I've included a before photo so that you can see the dramatic changes that were made to this small front garden, on a pretty reasonable budget. The original yard consisted of a narrow brick front walk, stressed front lawn and a couple of BIG Dwarf Alberta Spruce. The homeowner's original goal was simply to use less water. With that in mind, we created a really fun, interesting, drought tolerant garden - with a compacted road base spiraling path, garden art, textural plantings and a purple lawn! The new 'lawn' is a mix of thyme ground covers. The existing brick walk was made more user friendly by widening it with a border of concrete pavers. Brick accents tie the landscape to the path. This  has now become the house that passerby's take a moment to slow down and appreciate. 

Landscape Design & Project Coordination: The Ardent Gardener

Installation: Western Landscaping

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