1352 Palms Boulevard

These homeowners requested three things for their garden: a circular driveway, low water use plantings and an olive tree. Designer Ralph Robinson used groupings of Agave Americanas and Agave Attenuatas set in drifts or Artemisia to give the semi-formal architecture a sense of timelessness.

The home is light blue in color and, with all of the blues and grays for the drought tolerant plantings used in the garden, he wanted to off set them with plantings of bright orange Kangaroo Paws.

The circular driveway is made of interlocking paves set in sand which allows rainwater to percolate into the soil, lessening the need to irrigate the garden.

There are two additional structures on the property that needed separate gardens. The designer used decomposed granite in the rear garden and set pavers for the patio in sand with pebbles in between. Using the porous hardscape materials allows rainwater and any stray irrigation water to soak into the surrounding beds.

This garden is Mar Vista adjacent.