Clipped boxwood hedges create an emerald necklace around the garden and help to define the swimming pool. A lush green lawn is just a few steps away from a well furnished terrace, which is the perfect place for breakfast with a view.
Viewing the edge of the pool and the rose garden from the rear of the owner’s home, you get a better perspective on this side garden and its amenities which provide unlimited opportunities for hosted gatherings and events.
The steel gazebo provides a shady vantage point in the garden from which to view the house and wetland-like pond. The quaint home is perfectly framed in the archway of the decorative structure, adding layers of interest to the space.
The open air dining room of this Point Lorna, California, villa home showcases the subtle charms of a European country estate, including this rustic dining table cosseted by cushioned, striped wicker high back chairs. The table is set with modern square chargers which complement the angle of the pendant lamp overhead. In the background, a fireplace warms the room while large windows frame a flourishing garden courtyard.
Stone crowns atop columns lead the way to a giant chess board made of prefab 2x2 concrete squares with exposed pebbles. Taking inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, designer Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates. Inc., has red roses on one side and white roses on the other. Fourth of July roses, which are speckled and look like they're being painted for the Queen, are in pots behind the benches. "If it's your fantasy, just go there," says Grace. "Don't do it by halves."
Native grasses and wildflowers were used throughout the landscape design of this home in Santa Barbara. The result is gardens that are low water, full of color and harmonious with their natural surroundings.