Buff flagstone and green grass contrast to create balance.
The back yard bordered an open space that was being restored. The homeowners chose not to have a fence and instead, to have their back yard both be a reflection of and open up to the native prairie surrounding it.
Some grading challenges were associated with this new-build back yard that had to be incorporated into the plan.
A sandstone boulder wall helped to create a sense of enclosure in absence of the fence.
Base down, and flagstone beginning to be laid for the patio.
The large trees and shrubs were planted early to help them establish.
"Nature's prairie" a drought tolerant sod blend from a local supplier was laid after tilling in soil amendments.
Tough native prairie plants were utilized throughout, and especially bordering the open space to help transition.
A flagstone step-up was added to help with grading challenges.
A Penstemon mexicali hybrid grows among the rocks.
Dwarf blue spruce and plumbago add beautiful bursts of color to the landscape.
Finished patio area.
Panorama shot approximately 1 month after completion. Buffalo grass was planted in place of mulch throughout the prairie garden.