Small urban gardens demand well-considered designs to meet the needs of families. Working with a restrained palette, we considered every detail of this front and back garden re-design, which included a reflecting pool, firepit and seating areas. The front garden is now a chic entry with lines underscoring the home’s geometry–one that can be transformed into a lively gathering spot. Soft planting provides a foil for the architecture’s clean lines, with feathery Cyperus papyrus offering privacy without blocking light.
The back garden features a new areas for lounging, playing and entertaining, and the home’s central outdoor atrium optimizes Long Beach’s mild climate with a collection of easy-care, sculptural plantings.
“It was truly a pleasure to work with June. She came up with the plans for the front and back yards of our primary residence (6,500 sf lot), as well as for the one-acre plot for our cabin in the Sierra foothills. On each project, her ideas responded to the architecture, the climate, and the surrounding landscape. She researched both her plant choices and materials … and they always reflected our desire for a sustainable and low maintenance landscape.” –Jennifer and Lance