Bold shapes and patterns make this garden striking from every angle
Succulents add bold shapes, while longleaf mat-rush (Lomandra longifolia), planted along a sloping raised bed, brings motion as it sways in the breeze. And strips of low-water fescue fill the center of the garden. “Grass suddenly becomes much more interesting when it’s arranged in a graphic pattern,” says Tessier.
Finally, the designer had one more angle to consider—the street. Like many “walk streets” in the neighborhood, the pedestrian-only path facing the garden gets foot traffic from surfers and tourists on their way to the beach. Rather than walling themselves off, the residents embrace the activity. “People here practically live out front all summer—drinking coffee, saying hi to their neighbors,” says Tessier. So he kept the planting beds and gate only waist high, making the garden not only pleasing from above, but also welcoming to everyone passing by.
Design: Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture, Santa Monica;marktessier.com.