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Corner-lot privacy with berm of broken concrete and plants.

Corner-lot privacy with berm of broken concrete and plants

The best characteristics of a berm and of privacy planting combine in the remodeled landscape of this corner lot. Before, two sides of the house were exposed to view and to noise from the intersecting streets. Now, the berm helps deflect traffic noise and plantings help screen the house from people driving by.

Serendipity served landscape designer Nick Williams of Calabasas, California, in this situation. The streetside berm resulted from back-yard remodeling: Williams built it with soil and broken concrete removed from the yard when a patio was ripped out and pool installed.

Loosely following the street, the serpentine berm moves in and out, changing in height and width; concrete, soil, and plantings vary its texture. A curving swath of lawn runs between the berm and planting beds next to the house. Boulders and birches flank a new brick entry walk that curves toward the front door and widens to become an informal entry patio. Williams packs the berm with annuals and perennials for year-round color. Taller plants such as agapanthus, daylilies, marguerites, raphiolepis, and roses cap the highest portions, while the lower slopes and pockets in the concrete wall are planted with needlepoint ivy and white alyssum. The easy-to-reach ground-level planting beds bear displays of pansies in winter and dwarf marigolds in summer.

Owners are Sheila and Rod Stutman of Tarzana, California.

Photo: Narrow side yard has streetside berm built up with curving walls of broken concrete. Intentionally broken sections of split-rail fence add look of age

Photo: Boulders, bricks, and birches set off entry

Photo: Broken concrete also makes steps through dichondra along street. Dense plantings of annuals and perennials cover the berm
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