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Pool, shade, privacy, spa...all in just a 28- by 90-foot garden.

Pool, shade, privacy, spa . . . all in just a 28- by 90-foot garden

Consider the challenge: how do you fit a pool, spa, sun and shade patios, and children's play yard into a narrow (28- by 90-foot garden and still leave room for green plants and lawn? After their own efforts at landscaping failed to satisfy them, owners Sandy and Chip McCann sought professional help.

Landscape architect Peter Cure started by diagnosing the problems. A neighbor's rooftop deck gave the McCanns little privacy, severe grade changes between lots caused drainage problems, and a utility easement along the back wall prevented any structural additions that would block access to the rear of the lot.

After juggling with the positions of the pool and patios to solve the easement and setback requirements, Cure managed to incorporate outdoor living areas normally only seen in a garden twice this size.

The ramada is positioned so it blocks the neighbor's view across the pool. A trellis covered with bougainvillea angles off the back of the ramada down to the side wall to provide privacy (see photograph at upper left). Eucalyptus planted at the end of the structure also screen views of the spa and pool.

Elevation changes solve drainage problems and break up the garden's linear proportions. To soften the long expanse of concrete block wall, lush-looking low-water-use plants were set in raised planter beds of varying heights; debris-free gazanias spilling down planter walls add color at pool level near the ramada. On the opposite end of the pool is a patio for sun-bathing.

Photo: Covered patio is cool retreat for outdoor dining. Bougainvillea-covered lath angles down from back of overhead trells for privacy from neighbors

Photo: Before: neglected garden with barren walls had boxcar-like look

Photo: Small, narrow lot now accommodates pool, sun deck, shade ramada, even a small lawn

Photo: Level changes divide space: from pool deck, it's step up to shaded patio at far end and sun-bathing patio in foreground
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