Viriditas Luxury Landscape Design Company, Boulder, Denver, Colorado

Garden of the Oreads

The Dream

The client wanted an elegant entrance garden to complement the total renovation of a great 1970's Hartling-designed home in Boulder, Colorado.

The Challenge

For over thirty years asphalt from the street went directly up to the front door, detracting from the beauty of the home. The owner and contractor knew something had to be done. In addition, this was a north-facing site, not optimal for a mountain garden.

The Garden

Viriditas utilized a sculptural solution for this garden.

The dramatic Boulder Flatiron Mountains in the background served as inspiration. We built out from the house—using structural steel armature—and sculpted over thirty large moss rocks into a unifying form. The creation appears to be an extension, a visual echo, of the Flatirons.

(In fact, the result was so successful that the homeowners report that many landscapers, builders, and architects have inquired about what company could move such a large rock.)

The next step was to integrate into the surroundings: we added a beautiful water feature, native perennials, and emerging character pines, so the garden appears part of the landscape, with no trace of being a complex sculptural form.

Viriditas also designed an elegant, small front patio. The owners felt at first that only the back patio would be used, but they now enjoy the front entrance patio almost every evening in the summer, as its north side location avoids the glare and heat of the late day sun.

As designers and builders of luxury, high end gardens, Viriditas believes that we should always exceed client needs and expectations—and deliver the extraordinary. This award-winning garden is an excellent example of the substantial value Viridias can add to luxury homes and estate properties.