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3413 Marion Drive
Tampa, FL 33637

“Way back” in October 2019, as clouds loomed in pre-pandemic times, we headed up a steep street to an even more dramatic slope of a garden. From the topmost tier, director Ed Fuentes and grip Steve Maedl documented outstanding views. In a gradual process across 20 years, Michael Harper and Jed Duhon turned harsh slopes into inviting living areas and landing spot outlooks for their children and two basenjis.

In front, alternating layers of steel, concrete, limestone and gravel bring cohesive visual energy to clean lines and evergreen textures.

They carved into the precarious slope to the street with a flat living room, replacing grass with Tejas Grey gravel. Eventually, they tamed the slope and reduced lawn while unifying both sides of the yard with architectural tiers of alternating steel, concrete, limestone and gravel.

Michael, a passionate patron of local nurseries, embellished each level with diverse evergreen plant textures and seasonal flowering beauties. The concrete wall’s vertical lines complement the horizontal planes of Leuders limestone slabs, heightened by contrasting Tejas Grey gravel.

Designed and built by Hill Country Water Gardens and Nursery, this tier levels out emotions with its gentle waterfall and Michael’s clusters of containers. The pavilion overlooks a limestone-edged bank where Michael pairs structural succulents, grasses, and native perennials for pollinators. On the shady side of the yard, Michael offset architecture with plant structure inspired by his love of Japanese gardens. Japanese maples in full fall glory gracefully overhang another of Michael’s favorite part shade loves: huge heart-shaped Ligularia.

Steel plate planters elevated tiers for steep slope Duhon Harper garden
Steel plate planters elevated tiers for steep slope Duhon Harper garden
Steel retaining walls planters steep slope design Duhon Harper garden
Steel retaining walls planters steep slope design Duhon Harper garden
contemporary makeover 1950s house garden planter beds limestone steel concrete Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
contemporary makeover 1950s house garden planter beds limestone steel concrete Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
contemporary makeover 1950s house with front yard outdoor entertainement area Central Texas Gardener
contemporary makeover 1950s house with front yard outdoor entertainement area Central Texas Gardener
contemporary front outdoor living room Tejas Grey gravel Harper Dujon design Central Texas Gardener
contemporary front outdoor living room Tejas Grey gravel Harper Dujon design Central Texas Gardener
contemporary upstairs deck to street Harper Dujon design Central Texas Gardener
contemporary upstairs deck to street Harper Dujon design Central Texas Gardener
upstairs deck outdoor living Harper Dujon design Central Texas Gardener
upstairs deck outdoor living Harper Dujon design Central Texas Gardener
contemporary upstairs deck with planters Harper Dujon design Central Texas Gardener
contemporary upstairs deck with planters Harper Dujon design Central Texas Gardener
pea gravel path steel plate retaining wall rainwater infiltration Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
pea gravel path steel plate retaining wall rainwater infiltration Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
Open weave privacy fence artistic metal gate Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
Open weave privacy fence artistic metal gate Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
Open weave privacy fence with patterned steel gate Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
Open weave privacy fence with patterned steel gate Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
steel retaining wall sloped garden up to cute shed and greenhouse Dujon Harper garden
steel retaining wall sloped garden up to cute shed and greenhouse Dujon Harper garden
steel planters and retaining wall to upper outdoor living area sloped yard design Dujon Harper
steel planters and retaining wall to upper outdoor living area sloped yard design Dujon Harper
contemporary outdoor dining room Leuders concrete Tejas Grey gravel Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
contemporary outdoor dining room Leuders concrete Tejas Grey gravel Harper Dujon Central Texas Gardener
steel planters and retaining wall concrete retaining wall living areas sloped yard Dujon Harper garden
steel planters and retaining wall concrete retaining wall living areas sloped yard Dujon Harper garden
steel and gravel stairway up to living areas sloped backyard Dujon Harper
steel and gravel stairway up to living areas sloped backyard Dujon Harper
concrete steel limestone tiers sloped backyard living areas Harper Duhon garden Central Texas Gardener
concrete steel limestone tiers sloped backyard living areas Harper Duhon garden Central Texas Gardener
steel and gravel stairway steep slope design Dujon Harper garden
steel and gravel stairway steep slope design Dujon Harper garden
formal pond gravel parterre charming shed Dujon Harper garden
formal pond gravel parterre charming shed Dujon Harper garden
formal pond gravel parterre to stairway sloped backyard design Duhon Harper garden
formal pond gravel parterre to stairway sloped backyard design Duhon Harper garden
formal pond gravel parterre steep slope design Harper Duhon garden
formal pond gravel parterre steep slope design Harper Duhon garden
formal limestone pond gravel parterre charming shed outdoor living Harper Duhon garden
formal limestone pond gravel parterre charming shed outdoor living Harper Duhon garden
Charming small tool shed and greenhouse, pond harsh slope design Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
Charming small tool shed and greenhouse, pond harsh slope design Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
contemporary small greenhouse design Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
contemporary small greenhouse design Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
small greenhouse interior design cozy chairs Duhon Harper Central Texas Gardener
small greenhouse interior design cozy chairs Duhon Harper Central Texas Gardener
elevated limestone pavilion backyard outdoor room on hard slope Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
elevated limestone pavilion backyard outdoor room on hard slope Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
elevated backyard pavilion patio outdoor room design hard slope Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
elevated backyard pavilion patio outdoor room design hard slope Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
shade sails for outdoor patio Harper Duhon garden
shade sails for outdoor patio Harper Duhon garden
rocky slope hillside succulents yucca perennials small trees drought design Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
rocky slope hillside succulents yucca perennials small trees drought design Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
Shady garden Japanese maples ligularia steel plate bed retainers Harper Duhon garden
Shady garden Japanese maples ligularia steel plate bed retainers Harper Duhon garden
Japanese maples and ligularia garden sculpture shade garden Harper Duhon
Japanese maples and ligularia garden sculpture shade garden Harper Duhon
shady garden Japanese maples ligularia steel plate retaining wall harsh slope Harper Duhon design Central Texas Gardener
shady garden Japanese maples ligularia steel plate retaining wall harsh slope Harper Duhon design Central Texas Gardener
Cute Basjenji looks like praying in patio chair Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener
Cute Basjenji looks like praying in patio chair Harper Duhon Central Texas Gardener

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