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The long view of the side yard, with grasses and restios unifying the plantings; beyond the bubbling terracotta fountain sit the Adirondack chairs in a cool corner favored by the owners. Photographs by Jason Liske, except as noted

[sidebar]"Plants are just the icing on the cake. You need a good hardscape and a cohesive design to establish the “bones of the garden” and set the stage for the plantings."

Bernard Trainor [/sidebar]

The existing garden was definitely not a selling point when we purchased the property in 1994. The 1947 ranch-style house was typical of this older neighborhood in Palo Alto, California, as was its traditional suburban landscape of water-demanding roses, camellias, azaleas, and an expanse of green lawn. The central courtyard held a large brick patio, a wooden trellis hung with wisteria, aging fruit trees, overly fussy, and needed more water than we were willing to provide. The large back yard had been untended for years and was not even accessible from the house. We removed more than a dozen large eucalyptus trees over several years, in preparation for the future landscape. For ...

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