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The checkerboard pattern on the garage door plays off the shape of the creeping mint-filled pavers. Next to the front door is bougainvillea under planted with Senecio vitalis ‘Serpents’ and aeonium in bloom. Photo: Marion Brenner

This garden on the top of a windy hill is actually a fully functioning driveway that is used on a daily basis. The transformation from driveway to garden was a collaborative effort between designer Dan Carlson of Wiggglestem Gardens and his client, Madeleine Nash, who researched different varieties of succulents and thyme and helped to set the overall aesthetic tone of the garden. The mosaic pattern of the permeable driveway filled with creeping mint plays off the center strip of thyme, sempervivum, and echeveria.

Different varieties of creeping thyme form a dense mat, highlighted with sempervivums, Echeveria derosa (left) and Echeveria elegans (center). Photo: Marion Brenner

“I wanted to get low, to have the whole show right on the ground,” says Carlson. Although the plant palette is limited, there is ple...

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