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The beech hedge in the process of being delivered. Point of origin, Oregon. Halfway house, Buffalo, New York. A special order, they've been waiting to be planted for a long time, and need TLC. But they are fine, strong trees and will fluff out, I think, in their second season. Don't be too hard on them.
Working backwards...the planted Japanese grass (Hakonechloa - bless you! - macra "Beni Kazi") under the water tower. It was such a dead space, when I first saw it, and would never be used. But the kitchen, sunken in relation to this terrace, would look straight onto it. What about a sea of Japanese ribbon grass in about 9" of soil? Jim Glover said it would work...Another option had been wintergreen, and a dwarf azalea, but this had the best motion - albeit bald for a couple of months post early spring shearing. The fall tone of this cultivar is red, then gold, and I love Japanese grass for its colour-morphing properties.
In progress, from the level above.
On the upper level, irrigation was being fine-tuned, and the sod waiting for a nice soil bed to be prepared for it.
Some rather rigid boxwood soldiers will grow to fluff into a full clipped hedge around the seating area. Bigger boxwoods meant bigger rootballs which meant they would not fit without shaving. I do not like brutalizing roots.