Erin Phillips

Erin Phillips

A truly dynamic and outgoing personality, Erin loves to make every stage of her designs fun and engaging. Never one to back down from a challenge, she is a pro at finding unique solutions to problematic landscapes. With an artistic eye and an extensive education (a Major in Art History from Humboldt State, a Major in Geography & Planning, a Minor in Agriculture from Chico State University and her Associate Horticulture and Landscape Design degree from Butte College) she is more than equipped to handle whatever unique requests customers throw at her.

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Mar 23

Brentwood Xeriscape

By Erin Phillips | Comments 2

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!


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