START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

From Concrete to Greenery: A Garden Tranformed in Oregon

From Concrete to Greenery: A Garden Tranformed in Oregon

Buell Steelman and Rebecca Sams are alums of Gardens, the groundbreaking landscape architecture design/build firm in Austin, Texas. A decade ago, they traded the heat of the Southwest for the cooler climes of the Pacific Northwest, moving to Eugene, Oregon, where they began their own landscape design/build company, Mosaic Gardens.

The couple bought a ranch-style house (for its affordability, not charm) with a garden that was mostly concrete, located on a steep, sloping, narrow lot. Their own outdoor space promptly became Mosaic Gardens’ first major project; read on to learn their secrets. Photographs via Mosaic Gardens.

Above: Steelman and Sams began with the hardscape before tackling the landscape, mapping out pathways and flow with emphasis on focal points seen from the house and other viewpoints on the property. In this case, a Vietnamese urn filled with water flowers sits at the end of a straight pea gravel path flanked by stone. For inspiration on making your own urns, see DIY: Envy-Inducing Planters.

Above: A galvanized stock tank provides a focal point on a circular pea gravel path terrace.

Above: The stock tank is filled with water flowers such as lotus and water lilies in the summer months.

Above: A fruit orchard with a stone sphere built by Steelman. The austerity of the orchard sits in contrast to the rest of the garden. Corrugated roofing panels were used to build the fence, and its surface also serves as a great reflector of light. To see more garden art, visit Modern Sculptures for the Garden: Terra Trellis.

Above; A collection of different sized containers in brown hues, with succulents including aloes and agave. The cluster of gradating heights provides a focal point at the entryway.

Looking for more outdoor inspiration? If so, visit Gardenista‘s numerous posts on gardens around the world.

Read more: Crafts & Design, Environment, Home, Lawns & Gardens, Materials & Architecture, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Remodelista, , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love


Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


+ add your own
6:32AM PST on Nov 6, 2012


12:34PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012


9:39AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Beautiful and inspiring!

6:46AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Very beautiful.

12:47AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Beautiful. Gardens and plants just so filled with life, seem to give back to us, life itself.

1:08PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

That is so neat

2:37AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Green is Good.....

11:19AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

cool inspiring....motivating...I hope

11:15AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Thank you.

4:49AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012


add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Hello I'm celina by name, I'm giving a testimony about Dr.Oza the great Herbalist, he has the cure t…

I have to start smoking again...

In Pennsylvania, an estimated 78% of the population is Vit D deficient and I assume most northern st…

Could watch all day 🐈

you just knew this would happen! but who allowed it in the first place? A new bill proposed in …


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!