This landscape project was a new construction located in Spanish Peaks, Big Sky. This project presented several landscape challenges from the start. The house is built on a steep North facing slope and before the landscaping was installed the property held very large amounts of water in the driveway and up against the house in almost all areas. On three sides of the house slopes were so steep that they were unnavagatable and erosion was a major issue. We solved the navigation problem with a series of stone staircases and walkways. This helped with both the steep slopes and by directing foot traffic onto designated areas and off the remaining landscape. To solve the drainage and erosion issues we built several moss covered boulder retaining walls and changed grade around the entire house including the driveway so there was positive drainage away from the house and diverted all the water into dry creek drainage ditches.
Stone: Frontier Flagstone, Native Moss Boulders
Trees: Colorado Spruce, Quacking Aspen, Canada Red Choke Cherry, BristleCone Pine
Shrubs: Peking Cottoneaster, Burgundy Carousel Barberry, Snowmound Spirea, Goldmound Spirea, Buffalo Juniper,
Perennials: Karl Forrester Grass, Blue Oat Grass, Orange Coneflower, Magnus Echinicea, Stella Daylilly, Monarda, Seedums
Grass: Blugrass/Fescue blend sod, Wheatgrass/Fescue blended grass seed.
Sprinkler System: Rainbird