We discovered a rustic paradise among the gardens we visited in L.A. last weekend (you can see the other garden I've already blogged about here). We drove around and around to the top of a steep hill with spectacular views of the mountains, where our generous hosts, Joy and Roland, welcomed us.
A large, sleek kitchen, entertaining and living area became part of the outdoor experience, with huge floor-to-ceiling glass doors that opened entirely. As the inside intermingled with the outdoors, multiple seating and viewing vignettes were scattered around the fully cleared top of the hill.
After some wine and appetizers, we headed to the path to make our way down the hill.
Sumptuous succulents filled containers, nooks, and crannies at every turn.
A whole host of focal points shine at strategic places winding down the hill.
These succulents spill off of the hill as you approach the house from the driveway.
The Joy and Roland have added layers and pathways over many years, creating mini beds and spots to sit and appreciate the view different vantage points.
This is a collector's garden - filled with a wide variety of succulents and other plants, adding interesting contrast, color and texure.
Carefully crafted stonework with unique designs defines the slope -- a artful masterpiece in itself.
The attention to detail is so striking.
More nooks and crannies flank the entrance to the spectacular wine cellar.
Cut into the side of the earth, the cellar was mercifully cool on a 100+ degree day. I felt as if I had stepped back in time - with cool stone and rows of bottles inside - offering just enough room for an intimate wine party. A long hallway will soon be connected via tunnel to just outside the house, the next major project already planned and waiting to be implemented.
This would be my favorite seat in the garden. Close up and far away, both views equally enchanting.
Empty on the way down, but by the time we came by again, someone had taken up residence in my spot.
Fully content and unfazed by visitors to his garden, the dog, Domino, thinks this is a great spot, too.
In front of the bench, a delightful pond filled with koi provides entertainment as the Koi dart around under the shade of beautiful plants.
A statuesque heron stands guard over the koi, who also have many deep areas to hide for predators, just in case the heron falls asleep on the job!
Don't forget to look up.
I could sit for hours and watch the fish and the view; electronic devices have nothing on this.
Another outdoor room awaits.
More vertical gardening -- these mid-century modern hanging planters from Potted bring color and contrast to this magical hot tub oasis. (More posts to come, as we visited both Potted and the home of the store's owner on this fabulous trip.)
Rustic and natural, this hideaway brings outdoor living to a new dimension.
I also saw these planters in the garden of a fellow blogger in Seattle who blogs at Danger Garden.
The echo of a subtle orange glow on the tips of these succulents is an artful planting design touch.
Another view up the hill, filled with interesting plants, containers and found garden art that Joy has collected over the years, like this sweet deer statue.
The mostly mild California climate yields big, beautiful plants like these aloes.
The repetition of these gorgeous anemones creates a dramatic ridge along the hillside.
I've tried to grow these in Austin with no success. But I've see them used as stunning elements in LA, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle gardens.
Nestled ear the top of the hill, this greenhouse is home to garden tools and pots now, and awaits more delicate plants as the weather cools.
By the end of our visit, Domino tired of us and went back to his own bed to take a break from the sweltering heat.
A huge thanks to Joy and Roland, for your hospitality and for opening your home and garden to us. The garden is magical, and masterfully crafted and I loved spending time in it and I'm pleased to be able to share a small part of it with others through this blog post.
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