A garden shaped like a wedge of pie can be awkward. "It started wide and sloped away to a point," landscape designer Judy Kameon says of Timm Fryman's backyard in the Hollywood Hills. The unkempt garden also lacked proper seating ― Fryman had to haul a chair off the porch if he wanted to linger outdoors.
Kameon started the transformation by adding a well-placed patio with a built-in bench along the edge of the property. A grid of concrete pavers marches directly toward the bench across the lawn of St. Augustine grass, creating a compelling pattern from indoors and drawing attention to the area. "The strong diagonal line improved the long, narrow shape of the garden while adding a jolt of drama," Kameon says.
The usual approach with hardscaping this contemporary is to plant equally sparingly. But Kameon layered textures and used a variety of leaf shapes instead. The clean graphic lines against a rich vegetative backdrop create a fantastic setting ― as if the garden has been carved out of the jungle.
Design: Judy Kameon, Elysian Landscapes, Los Angeles (213/380-3185).