Before & After: Artscape’s Staircase Garden

before and after garden makeover staircase garden

Whose back garden looks like this?  Kinda like the builders just left? Hillsides and walk out basements can be tough (and often expensive) but this garden tames the steps with sleek cable railings and while this surely is  not a budget design, it shows how to soften and pull together a hillside garden.  I think a key to big staircases in the garden is to minimize the underside, either make a feature of it, or obscure it because otherwise the steps take up too much visual interest and that’s really just not what most people want to see when they are sipping a gin a tonic in the shade, right?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

1 Comment

  1. Art on March 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    i know everyone loves a tropical paradise but i find this addition not sensitive to the existing context. in the before picture, a japanese-style forest aesthetic creeps in. this has been completely obliterated and in its place a typical california style banana throne is cemented in. judging from the live oak next door, i believe a more sensitive native plant choice would complement the existing airy porch.

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