A Garden of Dreams for a Washington Street of Dreams Home by Darwin Webb
The “Street of Dreams” event in the Pacific Northwest always features some spectacular homes. But there are also lots of eyes focused on the landscaping and gardens attached to these show houses. So when Darwin Webb Landscape Architects got a chance to work on a rare pre-sale for one of these events, it was a project for which they wanted to “pull out all the stops.” The site presented a couple of challenges, one of which was to camouflage a nearby unsightly retention facility in the neighborhood; this was turned into a pond, surrounded by select plantings and a carefully built stone wall. Color is a key element here: notice how floral borders for the pool and deck, in vivid reds, whites, and blues, complement the outdoor furniture cushions and colors.
Desiring to use architectural elements of the home to create dramatic garden spaces, the designers echoed the home’s stone columns with a horizontal trellis and “rain veil” that are breathtaking against the reflecting pool. A cozy fireplace in natural stone invites you to sit in one of the white-and-wood chairs and relax; for more active moments, the design includes an elevated “chipping” green with multiple tees. Sliding doors open up the interior and extend it to the deck, thus greatly enhancing entertaining space; up-lighting in beds of trees and flowers near the house serve to both highlight the home’s graceful lines and create instant ambience for the alfresco dining area. Whether it’s under the bright sun or bathed in stars and indirect lighting, this landscape for a “Street of Dreams” home is, itself, worth dreaming about.