“This particular project took on a very special meaning,” said Dennis Stevens, who calls himself a landscape environmental designer. “When we met the client and Mr. DiMaccio, I was impressed with the emphasis they put on ‘being green’. This, of course, was exactly the kind of project our company loves to be involved in.”
DiMaccio designed and drew the landscape plan, and Lindeman/Stevens managed the plant selection as well as the coordination and installation of the landscape. Working with a discriminating client takes a person who understands what the end result should be, and/or has the same feeling for the project. “We would bring cuttings and samples of plant material, as well as photographs, for the clients to see and approve,” said Stevens.
The house itself was built in a unique way: from the front entryway you walk through the house to a center court. This court contains a pool and was a key area to be landscaped. Past the center court is the guest house and the garages.
To provide privacy, Podocarpus was installed along one side of the property. On the other side, they wanted to build a living fence; however, the mandate for minimum use of water came into play.
Being a little creative, they acquired some cuttings of synthetic turf that looks like moss and hung it on the wall. “It makes the wall look alive and gives the court a soft look,” said Stevens. “But it also does not use any water.”
“We didn’t want to copy gardens from Europe,” said Stevens. “We were trying to create an American garden. I think we achieved it.”
Although the landscaped area was small—approximately 1,500 square feet—every component that went into it was well thought out.
Palo Verde trees were planted, because they stay green all year round yet bloom with color in the spring. Manzanita trees, gold-yellow ice plant, and cacti as well as other succulents were used to create a softness as well as adding some color.
A 5,000-gallon tank that will harvest rain water will be used to supply all the water needed for irrigation. The irrigation that was installed is all drip, and it is hooked up to a RainBird ESP_SMT irrigation controller that utilizes historical and real-time weather data to determine the onsite current weather conditions and optimum water needs of the landscape.
The Ling property, as it is known, not only offers its owners a great home to live in, its landscape is simple but elegant and certainly has a low carbon footprint.
Who said it can’t be done?