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IMG_4481Small yards are always a welcomed challenge!  The exposed utilities, and awkward slope presented even more landscape challenges to deal with.  Despite these obstacles, we were able to create an accessible and inviting space by using three different pathways as a focal feature of the yard, leading into the open and borderless design.
To makes the space feel larger, a custom designed steel retaining wall was installed and the yard was regraded to achieve this effect.  The sawn limestone slab stairs wedged between sheets of steel offer a contrast that is Modern-Rustic; a landscape style emerging here in Austin. A steel trellis to hide a collection of utilities is featured opposite a steel box planter, which add to the style as well as complimenting the asymmetry of the home very nicely.
We used a simple, airy, and of course, drought-tolerant plant palette.  Evergreen trailing rosemary to spill over the retaining wall, a carpet of thymes to creep in amongst the limestone slab pavers, and some well chosen tropical looking plants will soften the entire feel as they grow.  It’s such a unique landscape! Can’t wait to see how it matures!



  • Nana March 24, 2014 at8:20pm Reply

    Very nice, Erin!

  • Elizabeth Seiler May 24, 2016 at6:45pm Reply

    omg!! I want to drive by to see this!! Is it on Brentwood Drive?

  • Matt March 10, 2020 at5:56pm Reply

    Is that weathering steel, or mild steel.
    If so how do you get it to stop rusting

    • Jake March 11, 2020 at8:26am Reply

      Good Morning! The metal in our Brentwood Xeriscape is Corten steel. Developed to eliminate the need for painting and keep a stable rust-like appearance after several years. While the steel is still new, you can apply any of the products from to prevent rust or add color to the steel!

  • Luke Whorton March 28, 2021 at10:31am Reply

    I’m interested in getting an estimate for custom steel planters boxes along the edge of my front yard. I’d welcome the opportunity to share more and learn about your work.

    • Rowan Marney April 2, 2021 at4:36pm Reply

      Hello Luke!

      Please send an email to [email protected] with some details and someone will get back to you shortly!

      Thank you!

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