Plenty of planters, both built-in and freestanding, hold succulents and other Southern California foliage, making this exterior walkway come alive. Patches of grass between concrete pavers mix with the plants to soften the sandy, earthy colors of the architecture. Sited below street level, the space feels less like a utilitarian walkway and more like a private sunken garden.
The garden courtyard of this La Jolla home includes a sunken bocce court which provides opportunities for active exercise and engagement with the surrounding topiary features. A colorful stone wall at the court's far end provides players with seclusion while entertaining, without hiding the verdant garden's classically sculpted features.
The garden courtyard of this Point Lorna, California, villa home takes on greater depth spilling out over two levels. A footbridge designed to traverse a sunken swimming pool leads to stairs which continue the journey into lush topiary features.
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.
A paver pathway leads out into the backyard to a sitting area that looks back over a reflective pond. Along the way a sunken fireside patio is separated from the pathway using natural stone steps. Mulched garden areas surround the patio sections giving natural life and color to the design.
This outdoor design from Ryan Hughes packs a powerful wow factor through the creation of a unique entertainment spaces for this South Florida Home. From the view of the covered lounge area, visitors can see the unique sunken conversation area within the swimming pool, the varying textures provided by an array of palm trees and the strong formal elements provided by the feature walls against the garden.