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Board-form concrete walls contain the patio and respond to the massing of the house.

Horn's plan broke up bluestone pavers with gravel terracing anchored by up-lit hornbeams.

Outdoor sculptures, part of the clients' art collection, are framed by a bosque of hornbeams.

Lush equisetum imparts year-round color to the garden.

A diminutive water feature adds interest in the entry garden.

A thermal bluestone walkway in the entry garden provides a sense of arrival.

California Dreaming

An inviting, carefully planned landscape complements a Mid-Century Modern gem in Hollin Hills

Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture

During the overhaul of their Mid-Century Modern abode in the Hollin Hills neighborhood of Northern Virginia, the owners turned their attention to the outdoor spaces. They envisioned a landscape resembling those found on properties of its era in California. “Our goal was to fulfill that vision in a climate that is a bit more punishing,” observes Jennifer Horn, who was hired for the job. “Our hot, humid summers and cold winters limit plant selection and hardscape choices.”

Working with Planted Earth Landscaping, Horn created a plan that utilized board-form concrete retaining walls and thermal bluestone, which handles the freeze-thaw cycle well. A gravel terrace delineated by native hornbeams creates space for entertaining while up-lighting of the trees conjures a sculptural effect.

"The board-formed concrete walls and paving are great complements to the house."
Richard Arentz, jurist


Landscape Architecture: Jennifer Horn, PLA, Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture. Landscape Contractor: Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc. 


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