What a difference a few feet can make! By adding levels that descend gradually from the back door down into the welcoming sunken garden, this cleverly-designed landscape by Minneapolis, MN-based Phillips Garden takes on a feeling of privacy, intimacy, and the sense of a journey.
Then, fill those levels with a mixture of evergreens, conifers, and shade-loving perennials (ferns, lenten rose, coral bells, toad lily, ajuga, and much more) and wrap the entire thing in slatted redwood fencing for a clean, modern-yet-textured courtyard and gardens that evoke a sense of a serene forest.
So cool, refreshing, and welcoming…but, something else, too. The use of materials typically seen in a modern garden—COR-TEN steel walls, non-beveled concrete pavers, horizontal fencing, clean-lined furnishings—mixed with woodland plants makes this a not-so-easy to define style. How interesting is that!