When our clients approached us about designing a garden for their mid-century home, they envisioned one typical of California. For a climate that limits plant selections and paver choices, we focused on board form concrete walls to respond to the massing of the house and to gently mediate the grade change along the back. Sited at an angle to the street, introducing the front door required careful thought. We used steppingstones to lead to the breezeway and a small fountain signals a slight turn towards the door. The entry garden is planted with Equisetum, Coral Bark Maple, and Sky Pencil Holly. A quintet of native hornbeams grows from a gravel terrace. Uplighting the bosque of trees draws attention to the client’s impressive sculpture collection. The overall feel is minimalist and utterly suited to the home’s angled aesthetic.
Winner of a 2022 Home & Design Excellence Award.