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A European Twist

Palo Alto, CA

The homeowners longed for a European-style garden, like the ones they toured on their vacations to France; complete with crunchy gravel pathways, parterres edged with boxwood, and colorful Mediterranean plantings.

Dominating the existing garden was an unused twelve-foot wide driveway that ran the length of the street to the very back of the property. That, combined with a rarely used and half-dead lawn, a lack of privacy from the street and neighbors, and no overhead shade made this project an exciting challenge.

The solution was to replace the driveway with a wide and curving cobblestone pathway (bordered with lush plants) that lead to two separate covered patios. We replaced the lawn with gravel pathways surrounding Boxleaf Euonymus parterres filled with ‘Iceberg’ roses, care and lavender, surrounded by wide beds filled with plenty of Mediterranean plants and succulents.