Charlotte Landscape Designer Creates A Thing Of Beauty In the Back Yard Of A Newly Constructed Home

Posted on | February 24, 2015 | No Comments

Today, Charlotte landscape designer Carole Joyner, of Joyner-Benfield Distinctive Land & Waterscapes shares with North Carolina Design details on the transformation to the landscape of a newly constructed home. Making this backyard a thing of beauty required problem solving, creativity and client collaboration. Nice job Carole!

Images Courtesy of Joyner-Benfield Disctinctive Land & Waterscapes ©

A newly constructed home on a newly developed cul-de-sac can be a landscape challenge, but we were fortunate to have wonderful clients who worked with us to understand and solve each problem! First things first… Drainage. The site had drainage issues cause by the adjoining properties, which were naturally higher and were draining down onto our clients’ property.


Our clients were anxious to solve this issue. Bruce and Matt designed a new drainage system to deter and disperse the water from adjoining properties to the back of the lot. This also got the water away from the home’s foundation and from sitting at the front. They were able to achieve this with 6” solid wall pipe, catch basins, pop-ups, and a series of dry creek beds to the back perimeter natural area. With correct engineering, proper bed and plant placement and re-graded/sod backyard, this was accomplished.


Now, the fun… The back perimeter was cleared of many years of vines and small tree seedlings. We then established the landscape backdrop of Murray Cypress, Robin’s Holly, October Glory Maples, and River Birch Trees.

The ‘fluff” or ornamental shrubs are Camellias, Loripedlum, George Tabor Azaleas, Gardenias and a Weeping Japanese Maple as the signature tree.

The drainage system, with a series of 3 rock creek beds runs thru the plantings. This is the vista garden.

For screening, we planted Chindos to the right and left on the perimeters, simply as “greenscape.”

The back foundation has a Specimen Japanese Maple on center of the client’s bedroom to façade with understory plantings of Pieris Japonica, Fatsia Japonica and Sum and Substance Hostas.

At the back veranda steps, we planted a Specimen Japanese Weeping and Blue Hostas.

The right side foundation was tricky due to the drainage system and the desire to screen the clients’ bedroom, bathroom and laundry rooms. With the cooperation of the neighbors, a Lustreleaf Latiflora was planted to provide screening for each home.



To façade/screen our clients home, we placed a very large tree-shape Ligustrum on center of windows, Tea Olives and Sasanquas on the remaining, with a Speciman Japanese Maple planted between the windows to soften the foundation – allowing for a lovely vista from inside the home.



Our clients took my landscape design and substituted some of the plant selections for favorite plants that they had at their previous home. Their interest was welcomed. Not only did we have fun choosing plant material – the client involvement made the final outcome even more personal.

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