2010-2011 Dream Garden Awards

Behold the 13 knockout garden design trends of 2011

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Fireproofed & lawnless
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Kathleen N. Brenzel

Fireproofed & lawnless

Winner: Renovation

Years after an Oakland firestorm ravaged their lot, the owners of this garden decided they wanted a yard to match their rebuilt modern home. So they opted for a patio of bluestone pavers, crushed rock, and low groundcovers, edged with a sinuous concrete seat wall—and contained fire burns in a custom firepit of Cor-ten steel.

Why it won:

  • Mod materials. Crushed drain rock adds a contemporary edge to bluestone pavers.
  • Groundcovers. Irish moss, creeping thyme, and chamomile soften the rock.
Design: Mathew Henning & Heather Anderson, Henning-Anderson, Oakland (henning-anderson.com or 510/531-3095)

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