Issaquah Highlands New Construction

October 11, 2018

 This project came out of the new Polygon Community, Westridge in the Issaquah Highlands.  Our clients opted to not have the builders install the landscape but wanted to have a design that was catered to their specific needs in a landscape.  The landscape is pretty heavily shaded so most of the plants that we used reflect this.  The existing landscape was pretty much just fill material so we had to till the soil just to get the majority of the larger cobble material removed.  We were able to re-purpose this rock once we installed the water feature.  After the demo we installed our irrigation system and the foundations for outdoor lighting system.  We installed 20 yards of soil and 3 ton of boulders to help shape the flat landscape into something that was really contoured and interesting.  As mentioned before we used a lot of shade loving plants as well as some native plants since our clients yard backs up to a natural green belt.  The larger plantings include Styrax, Vine Maples, Japanese Blood Good Maples, and a small grove of Alpine Fir.  Sarcococca, Rhododendron, and Camelia were used as our flowering shrubs.  We used a variety of native ferns, Oregon grape, and knick knick to fill in and provide ground cover.  The water feature was provided by Rock Mountain Products in Redmond.  It is a great low maintenance water feature kit that can come pre-assembled and we think they look just as good as the real basalt columns.  Because they are cast columns they can be easily taken apart for cleaning or stored during the winter.  We installed a number of LED low voltage path lights and up lights to illuminate the landscape during the evening.  Unfortunately, no pictures are provided here.  This was a great project in a new community and it really shows how to turn a small shaded space into a great looking, usable landscape!


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