Zen Pool Garden Renovation – San Jose


Zen Pool Garden - San Jose - Night Lighting
Zen Pool Garden – San Jose – Night Lighting – L. A. Peluso Designs LLC

The inspiration for this existing client’s backyard renovation was a beloved, tilting lemon (below), and art framed by a client-designed trellis (on the right in the above picture)! The existing garden already had a decidedly Asian/Zen theme. Having talented clients like these makes designing a garden renovation a pleasure.

Designing Around an Existing Tree

Zen Pool Garden - San Jose - Seat Wall Featuring Select Bluestone Capstone and Canyon Creek Ledgestone
Zen Pool Garden – San Jose – Seat Wall Featuring Select Bluestone Capstone and Canyon Creek Ledgestone Available at Peninsula Building Materials

The existing lemon (above) required extra support to stay upright. Part of the solution was to create a raised bed which doubles as seating in the outdoor dining area. The new wall surrounding the lemon tree allowed for the tree crutch support to be braced in such a way that it would not draw much attention away from the visual appeal of the renovated outdoor dining area. As seen below, the seat wall also added much needed height to that area and elegantly frames the dining area as a separate outdoor room. The addition of the stone texture to the area adds interest and warmth to the area. For another example of how stone adds texture and warmth to a landscape, see this garden project here.

Dining area and Lemon Tree with Added Crutch Support and New Seat Wall – L. A. Peluso Designs LLC

Enhancing a Stepping Stone Path

This landscape renovation included surrounding existing bluestone stepping stones (below) with river rock borders and edging, giving the impression of more space and forming a clean modern line, for that peaceful Zen effect.

Zen Pool Garden - San Jose - Path Detail - New Plantings include Camellia japonica and White Bower Vine - L. A. Peluso Designs
Zen Pool Garden – San Jose – Path Detail – New Plantings include Camellia japonica and White Bower Vine – L. A. Peluso Designs LLC
Zen Pool Garden - San Jose - Bluestone Path Detail - California Native Vine Maple Close-up - L. A. Peluso Designs LLC
Zen Pool Garden – San Jose – Bluestone Path Detail – California Native Vine Maple Close-up – L. A. Peluso Designs LLC

Plant Selection Matters

Zen Pool Garden - San Jose - Plantings Include Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern - Camellia japonica - Japanese Aralia - Western Sword Fern
Zen Pool Garden – San Jose – Plantings Include Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern – Camellia japonica – Japanese Aralia – Western Sword Fern – L. A. Peluso Designs LLC

Plants specified fit the Asian/Zen garden theme. Not visible in the image below are shade-loving azaleas. Several additional azaleas compliment the client’s existing azalea which was a gift from her father. Limiting the number of potted plants maintains a peaceful setting.

Zen Pool Garden - San Jose - Landscape Renovation - View from Lounge Area - L. A. Peluso Designs LLC
Zen Pool Garden – San Jose – Landscape Renovation – View from Lounge Area – L. A. Peluso Designs LLC
Zen Pool Garden - San Jose - Poolside at Night - L. A. Peluso Designs LLC
Zen Pool Garden – San Jose – Poolside at Night – L. A. Peluso Designs LLC

The above image demonstrates how the addition of landscape lighting adds drama at night and highlights existing wall decor. The clients are pleased and so am I! Landscape installation by Lifescape Custom Landscaping, Inc.

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