Savvy solutions to landscape challenges – Orange County Register
Designer Claudia Schmultzer of Corona del Mar enjoys taking on a landscape challenge. (Courtesy photo)
The planter at this Emerald Bay home in Laguna Beach is situated on a catwalk from the home, making it difficult to tend, so designer Schmutzler converted it into an eye-catching “floating sand dune.” (Courtesy photo)
Schmultzer’s “floating sand dune” fixed a gardening concern but also added a lovely aesthetic to the home. (Courtesy photo)
“Before” — The Orange County homeowner wanted a manicured yard that required very little care. The answer was to install artificial turf. (Courtesy photo)
“After” — Installing artificial turf helped provide the Zen atmosphere the homeowner wanted and eliminated the need for constant upkeep. (Courtesy photo)
Sometimes garden problems can’t be eliminated but can be managed. Here, designer Claudia Schmutzler decided to install drought-tolerant plants and paint a garden wall bright orange to help draw the eye away from an ugly electrical box panel. (Courtesy photo)
Installing a tiled/paver walkway along with artificial turf cut down the amount of maintenance but also added visual appeal to this yard. (Courtesy photo)
Claudia Schmutzler loves “challenged” landscapes. In fact, she’s come to embrace them.
“Bring it and let’s see what we can do,” said the Corona del Mar landscape designer and owner of Windsor Decks and Gardens, who calls herself the “garden fixer.”
Not all of her projects start with her scratching her head, but some have, and most of the challenges have involved physical impediments.
One of her more recent endeavors involved coming up with an answer on what to do with a hard-to-reach planter. And not just any planter, mind you.
The structure, a major focal point for an expansive property in the Emerald Bay community of Laguna Beach, extended precariously off the balcony. The only way to reach it was by navigating a narrow catwalk.
Further adding to the problem was the constant sun…