Identifying and understanding context is key to all of our projects as it helps inform our designs to meet our clients’ goals and objectives. With the backyard of this property bleeding into preserved open space beyond, the arrangement of plantings blurs the line between natural areas and more intentional spaces. Applying a more holistic approach to our projects, we’re able to merge ecological functions with accepted aesthetic sensibilities. In addition to planting with only native species in varied conditions, all turfgrass on the property has been replaced with either a ‘No Mow’ seed mix or native herbaceous species, while existing moss communities have been encouraged to spread. Stormwater is guided through a series of rain gardens throughout the property aimed to emulate ‘pit and mound’ topography and management strategies focused on nutrient cycling eliminate the need for annual linear inputs such as fertilizers and mulch.