Hillside Hideaway, Seattle WA

The owner of this Seattle home, a garden enthusiast, wanted to upgrade the landscaping and asked me to come up with a plan.

The sloped lot on a wooded hillside provided both opportunities and challenges. I created a series of terraces along the side of the house transforming an awkward slope into a place for a new patio and plantings. The terraces function as a series of connected garden rooms that flow together, making it easy to move about the site.

On the home’s entry level, we enlarged the main patio using architectural slabs that reflect the clean lines of the house and blend seamlessly with the existing concrete. Stepable groundcover adds visual interest and natural stone risers provide a graceful transition to the woodland garden beyond. The natural flagstone patio underfoot, lush plantings and mature trees overhead, gives one the feeling they have been transported far from the city. Beyond the woodland, visible from the patio during summertime, organic juniper timbers border a collection of shade-loving perennials evergreens. A combination of native, woodland and ornamental plants keeps the palette interesting.

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2 thoughts on “Hillside Hideaway, Seattle WA

  1. We’d like to talk to you about landscaping our property. We live in Covington, WA on a 5 acre lot. This is a Pennsylvania Dutch stone farmhouse – 200+ replica. Very unique property and beautiful house but the landscaping is so bare. We just bought many mature trees from “Big Tree” and came home overwhelmed – I just do not know/have talent for landscaping. Help!

    • Hello Carol,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I’m just now seeing your note so you may no longer need me help. But if you do, please call or email me at 206.240.0410 or [email protected]



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