Landscaping + Outdoor Living: Drawing Board

Mediterranean Vibe

Landscaping + Outdoor Living: Drawing Board A couple tapped Morgan Washburn of Botanical Decorators to design a front yard that would complement the Mediterranean-style architecture of their new Arlington home while adding a modern slant. The plan would include a driveway, a walkway to the house and an array of year-round plantings.


Then Now
A blank slate, the front yard needed strong definition and style. A Pennsylvania bluestone walkway with cobblestone detail and a travertine front terrace reflect both the home’s architecture and the local vernacular.
In a neighborhood with limited parking, a driveway was a must. A parking courtyard with a gravel surface paved in local river rock accommodates cars and provides a porous surface to prevent rainwater runoff.
The homeowners needed help selecting the right plants to complement the home. Squares of dwarf mondo grass, simple yew hedges, urns of boxwood and a tall, columnar Sweetgum sycamore evoke a Mediterranean feel.


LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Morgan Washburn, Botanical Decorators, Olney, Maryland. ARCHITECTURE: Bob Braddock, Red House Architects, Arlington, Virginia. BUILDER: Mickey Simpson Builder, Ltd., Arlington, Virginia. PHOTOGRAPHY: Roger Foley.