We began by removing a conventional square yew hedge and a large spruce tree that had overgrown the small yard in front of a very conventional Georgian house.
Under Art's direction, Luis, Jose, Tony, and Diego went to work placing the stones to create the terraced effect and constructing the bird bath using pieces from the trunk of the spruce tree.
A variety of shrubs, flowers, and grasses were placed in this garden. Some of these bloom in the spring and others in the summer. The downspout drains into a buried plastic pipe that is covered with small stones to look like a stream bed. It carries water to create a water feature.
In the back yard, native plants are placed along the garage, with a feature using pots and rocks at one end and an existing fern garden at the other.
In front of the ferns is another birdbath resting on a stump of the spruce tree.
A collection of native shrubs are placed on the shady side of the house.
I had seen Art's beautiful, if unconventional, work in a friend's yard and trusted that he would have a vision of what my little garden could become.
Look back here in a month or two for pictures of how this garden fills in the second year.