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Positioned directly back from the road at the farthest point of a long, narrow lot, this Pasadena residence presented multiple spatial and horticultural challenges. An existing canopy of mature trees created a difficult environment characterized by substantial shade and root competition, while legislated reforestation requirements necessitated the addition of 13 new trees and 45 shrubs. Relying on small, flowering trees and native shrubs, we positioned a blend of evergreen and deciduous plant material to create a layered feeling of depth, with a dressier look. Multi-stemmed serviceberries frame a realigned parking court, establishing a sense of arrival, while a double row of shrubs at the entry point provides a visual buffer, separating private from public space.

heike nolker, ASLA landscape architect

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