The lawn in this backyard struggled due to lack of sun from large Coast Redwood trees. The shade allowed for some fun planting opportunities like Clivia, shade Azaleas, Camellias, and ferns. The lawn was removed and we added a second brick retaining wall that ties into the wall around the pool. We removed and replaced the pool deck and added a brick bordered, split level patio at the former lawn. We amended the soil, installed a new drain & irrigation system, added all new understory plants, and landscape lighting. We also installed a fountain in the raised bed behind the pool. In the front yard we added a few plants and trees, and some annual color.