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The Pacific Palisades home sits at the top of the hillside property. Photo: Paula Henson

The desire to have a vibrant garden is often at odds with the reality of a severe drought. This is the story of a Los Angeles couple that didn’t wait for water restrictions to control their tropical paradise.

Purchased by the current owners in March 2009, the California/Mediterranean-style house, one of the original homes in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, was built in 1929. The centerpiece of the property is a tropical garden featuring diverse, exotic plants with several fountains, koi ponds, a swimming pool and spa, a bromeliad grotto, a rose and citrus garden, a greenhouse, and a succulent garden laid out on the hillside property. Highlights of the lush and diverse plantings include a stunning non-fruiting olive (Olea europaea) that shelters a massive night blooming cereus (Hylocereus undatus) as well as mature Aleppo pines, numerous palms, several varieties of ginger, taro, ferns, orchids, and aquatic plants. Edibles in the garden include fruit trees such as mango, papaya, guava, banana, apple, peach an...

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