Modern native garden: clean-lined and drought-tolerant
Joel Lichtenwalter and Ryan Gates of Grow Outdoor Design help an L.A. couple with their vision of a modern garden. The elements: an orderly design, water-wise California native plants, outdoor living areas and a strong connection to the neighborhood beyond.
Modern native garden
The approach to the house is a silvery-green sea of California native shrubs and gently swaying grasses. There's the soft crunch of gravel and decomposed granite underfoot and the dappled shade from a Mediterranean olive tree overhead. Wide steps and a shaded seating area span the front of the house.