Hushed Serenity in a Birmingham Garden Retreat

The pool’s location, while perfect for creating a picturesque scene viewed from the home above, presented a new challenge for John. “We needed to get down there without a ramp, and we needed to make it elegant.” To make the transition from the dwelling to the pool, John used stacked moss rock walls and one of the landscape architect’s most important tools in working with a difficult grade: stairs.

He used several types of stairs to allow seamless movement through the grounds. Along the way, boxwoods, mondo grass, and strips of lawn create lush green areas, setting a soft, tranquil tone that plays against mid-height evergreen hedges and the towering magnificence of century-old trees.