This small weekend retreat on the flank of the rolling grassy coastal plain in Hollister Ranch, near Gaviota, Calif., looks out on breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. Meandering gravel and flagstone paths bring movement to the outdoor space.
Rows of terra cotta tiles and the straight lines of a fire pit flanked by sofas lead the eye to this courtyard's focal point: a Tuscan tiled spa and water feature. Rows of strand lights twinkle overhead, giving the Southern California garden a magical feel.
For a southern California garden, plants with low water needs are a smart choice. Here, the succulents are laid out in a sophisticated, geometric design, juxtaposed with pavers, groundcover plants and a small pond.
A classic rock garden forms a zen focal point in this modern Los Angeles backyard. A slatted wood accent wall provides a backdrop for the soothing water feature, while succulent plantings dot the low-maintenance beds.
A sunken bocce court is separated from the swimming pool in the backyard garden of this La Jolla, California, garden home by a curated blend of topiary, shrubbery, and beds of wildflowers. The once overgrown garden maintains its wild origins while remaining classically styled. In the background multicolored stonework walls are broken up, adding depth, color, and texture to the environment.
Ample planters turn this contemporary backyard into a lush green space, with fruit trees overhanging the cozy pergola and fire pit. The yard features separates areas for lounging, dining and gardening.
A long, woven sectional rests beneath an ample shade, creating a great spot to relax in this restful Los Angeles backyard. The furnishings in the space emphasize the garden's plethora of clean, horizontal lines. A rock garden features succulents for low maintenance and a water feature for calming sound.
A symmetrical, geometric arrangement of built-in and freestanding planters adds interest to the exterior of this contemporary California home. Green grass between concrete pavers softens the walkway, and tall plants create a layered, interesting look for the garden design. Stacked stone on the home's facade blends with the colors of the sandy beach beyond.
A modern rock garden, rows of succulents and restful geometry create a backyard retreat that's both zen and cozy. An ipe wood screen creates a focal point and draws the eye to a water feature. A shaded corner offers a great spot to relax.
A stone gazebo represents just one of myriad outdoor entertaining spaces on the grounds of this 3.5-acre Mediterranean-style estate at the heart of Beverly Hills. The elaborate gardens feature dense, well-manicured foliage that offers privacy and adds to the beauty of this iconic property.
The south elevation of this Montecito, Calif., estate showcases a beautiful terrace of herringbone brick walkways and turquoise reflecting pools. The gardens provide a tranquil atmosphere while water transports through narrow, shallow channels that are terraced to create cooling water.