""Our backyard was a hot mess; drainage issues, grass that wouldn't grow after multiple french drains, plants that wouldn't thrive, a crane fly playground...it was ugly. Alan Burke came over for a consultation and gave us multiple solutions to amend the situation by offering his "Good, Best and Very Best" options". (Angie's List 9/14) "Just had to say how much Peter and I absolutely love our backyard garden. We sit out at night enjoying the pond, the birds the butterflies, the landscape and constantly remark what an amazing, peaceful setting you created for us. Peter loves futzing in the garden and spending time training his pod of fish, all named the Larrys (the big guys) and the Garys - the gold fish. Every night is like an adventure at Sea World when the fish get fed. Hope you are having a great summer". Janice C. (June 2015)"- Issaquah project (2017)
The Magnolia project
The center motor court island is also the home of 'Maggie', a very large Magnolia soulangiana (Saucer magnolia) in a bed of Lonicera 'Lemon beauty', mixed with Variegated Euonymus japonica and Liriope. Classic demolished the old broken concrete driveway and installed a new, random stamp pattern colored concrete driveway with a trench drain pattern cut into an octagon. At the western bluff, we placed a "Colossus" jar in the style of antique oil urns from centuries ago, as a water feature.
Upper bed areas are planted with Dahlia, Echinacea, Lavender, Geum, Rudbeckia, Perovskia and Ilex convexa. (Ilex is much better performing than boxwood, as it doesn't get chlorotic). You can also see a view across Dreamturf's rear putting green, to the 300 lineal foot sand set Pennsylvania bluestone slate walkway beyond that we built. This is the site for Dreamturf's US Open commercial.
- Accent Rocks
We do a lot of work in rock, from small boulders to river cobble, flagstone, and large boulders. Set by our experienced crews by hand or with a large trackhoe, rocks typically installed are local basalt and granite.
With many other styles, shapes, colors and textures to choose from, we'll make it easy for you to sort through the types and sizes of rock available.
- Dry Streambeds
We create these "dry streambeds" for a lot of clients. Inexpensive and visually appealing, this accent accomplishes a number of things, from controlling erosion to channeling drainage.
Best of all, a dry stream breaks the beds into manageable spaces, allowing you to segment the bed areas for easier maintenance.
We usually accent them with small mixed grasses, and always line them with a permeable weed barrier.
You can choose from a wide variety of flat stone paving or flagstone.
We most often use Montana slate, but also work frequently with flat granite, Wilkinson stone, tumbled slate, and a host of other types.
Usually set in a crushed rock base covered with compacted sand, the stone can also be mortared, custom cut, and fit against other styles of paving for a more eccentric look.
- Garden Structures
A myriad of garden structures can be created for you, from gazebos and storage structures to sport courts, arbors, and fences with gates. We can also show you portfolios and manufacturer catalogs of a range of other outdoor structures and accents when you visit our Redmond sample library.
We do lighting a certain way, and we stick with it. Lights can be problematic if not installed well or from cheap kits. We use a high-quality copper pathlight with a higher wattage bulb than many outdoor low-voltage kit lights.
There is a range of styles to choose from, and there are quite a few ways to light specific areas. Best of all, we also perform a night consultation to set your lights, so you can really study the effects and make changes.
Finally, we install an FM frequency transmitter clock (it looks like a plug-in travel alarm clock) to allow you to adjust the lights from inside your home. That's right, no more fiddling with the transformer outside in the rain!
Oh, and the bulbs are guaranteed for a year.
We do a lot of patios. Keep in mind that you may need a slightly bigger space than you think to set a four-person table where you can still move your chair back without stepping onto the adjacent lawn or bed area.
First you determine the shape and then you choose the materials. We'll give you a catalog showing stone selections as well as other types of paving to help you choose. You can also visit our sample library in Redmond for more information.
Add pots and a few Adirondack chairs and...well, suffice it to say that we have to look at the size carefully.
- Planting Beds
Planting is what you think of when you think of landscaping, and nobody does it better than we do. We bring perennials that recur every year, beefy, robust evergreen plants that last all year, and fabulously colorful deciduous shrubs and trees as accents. We have acres of plants to choose from and a uniquely flexible way of working that allows you to "see the plants before you start."
As one of the largest purveyors of Cedar Grove compost in the county, we also rototill or hand-turn your bedsand fertilize all of your new plantings. Best of all, we guarantee it all for one year and offer you a discount card when the dust has settled to shop at the Nursery.
- Rock Steps
These simple rock steps, made up of fitted small boulders, are one of the longest-lasting and most cost-effective ways to make steps. We can also make them from flagstone and other types of rock.
Creating a pathway through a native area or simply from the garage to the rear patio enables you to fully access your property.
It can also create a distinctive and low-maintenance transition between beds and lawn areas.
Constructed of crushed rock, flagstone, pavers, concrete or wood, pathways are one of the most common installations for our experienced crews.
- Water Features & fountains
A waterfall, stream or recirculating pond can be an attractive and calming amenity for any home. The pleasant sound of splashing water and the beauty of colorful fish can create a wonderful sense of serenity in even a small backyard.
At Classic, we know that a successful waterfall or pond should look like a natural element in the landscape. You may also want to have a landscape architectural plan drawn up for the area to allow for such things as expanded patios, walkways or other design elements.
The Classic pond utilizes a debris skimmer, much like a swimming pool, which is easy to access and clean. We can provide overflow assemblies, pump timers, self-filling valves, pond lighting, and a wide range of aquatic plants and different types of flagstone, rock, and paving materials.
We can also coordinate the construction of all types of outdoor amenities, from pools to sport courts and spas.
Working with us to design this type of construction offers some distinct advantages for you as a client. We design the feature to fit within a budget framework and solicit competitive bids on your behalf as part of your landscape architectural design package.
Most importantly, these features fit within the overall site design, integrating with planting and other construction. We show you how to stage this effort to minimize site damage and perform the construction efficiently.
- Garden art
- Garden pots