Consider how the landscape will be used by project occupants and specify appropriate plantings. In general, assume heavy use in all landscaped areas. Avoid delicate plants and shrubs in heavily trafficked areas, especially in locations where they can be trampled by children. Instead, consider such plantings in areas that are out of the main traffic flow (e.g., as privacy planting next to buildings). Avoid providing only grass areas for children to play in. Consider a mix of grass and paved areas instead. Also, consider raising or otherwise protecting plant and grass areas that are not meant for play.
Appropriate plantings, paving materials and outdoor furniture were chosen to serve different user groups at these four California properties.
(Tuscany Villas/Villa Calabria, Stoney Creek Apartments, Tower Apartments, 555 Ellis Street)
The privacy planting next to the buildings in this project are in raised beds to protect them from foot traffic.
(Cascade Court Apartment)
The sandpit in this Los Angeles courtyard is contained by a low wall that can be used for seating and also serves as a edge for the lawn.
(Willowbrook Green Apartments)
The planter with ground cover next to the playground in this Boston project is raised, protecting the grass and, at the same time, providing a seating around the perimeter of the playground.
Raised edges surround the grass areas in this large Boston courtyard, protecting the grass and clearly defining paths and walkways.