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An English Garden in California

Los Altos, CA

This homeowner desired a lush English-style garden, yet realized that gardening in California’s low-water climate with intense summer sun would pose problems to her goal. She knew she needed to re-define her version of English gardening but feared her only planting options would be succulents, grasses and ‘dry and spiky’ plants.

However, by choosing regionally appropriate plants within a green and serene color palette, her garden has the elegant and lush feel she desired. In addition, the small dimensions of this garden appear larger through the use of creative layering within its many tight spaces.