The fountain is a central connecting point, leading through the garden to the fire pit area that can be curtained off from the wind. I added additional function to the whole space with steps that access a small patio - designed to make the entertaining space larger. While in each garden, one can glimpse lovely vignettes of the other areas in the space.
This garden had a huge, sloping, unused lawn. The deck from the house was too small. I changed this garden by creating a central planter that could accommodate all the grade changes in order to connect all of the spaces. A large deck was designed for access right out of the house at the same level as the interior flooring. Espaliered podocarpus was used to screen the hot tub. The central planter contains a large magnolia for shade and veggies for easy access to the kitchen. The texture of the plants plays a large role in this garden.