CHEVY CHASE VILLAGE
Creating a usable and beautiful garden for this house posed several challenges. Because the parcel of land is a corner lot, the rear yard is quite shallow. Rather than approach the design as a “small suburban garden” we treated it as a “large town garden” instead. Brick walls align the property boundary, planted with a dynamic border of perennials, climbing roses and herbs. The panel of lawn doubles as a large drywell, as the bulk of roof water is deposited to grade with rear downspouts. To ensure the lawn remains dry and usable in the most rainy of seasons, the soil specifications for the grass were similar to athletic turf. Soil was supplemented with sand to ensure a flat, durable surface and good drainage.