Fremont: Sun Exposed Redwood Understory

This photo is part of a larger project. Here the client requested that something be done about the sad looking, raised, parallelogram of lawn by the walkway. The area is overshadowed by a steep bank planted with mature redwoods. We left the low wood retaining wall to save money and installed 3 mid-canopy Japanese maples in a carpet of myoporum. The day lilies planted in the back have edible flower buds. The dwarf agapanthus and geraniums are tough, evergreen plants that provide lots of color and support pollinators. Eventually, the myoporum will hide parts of the raised wooden planter. This planting uses less water than the previous lawn. The retaining wall and fence pre-existed this planting design. They were installed in the 1960s.