Design a courtyard retreat

Serenity reigns inside this garden in Montecito, Calif. See the details that make it work

Courtyard garden

Holly Lepere

Design that works

A curved path, high walls, soft greens, and a bubbling fountain make this Southern California garden a soothing escape.

Click ahead for the secret to this cost-saving path and more ideas for your own garden getaway.

Vivid gate

Holly Lepere

Vivid gate

The gate, painted brilliant red, creates a dramatic entry and adds a jolt of color to the otherwise mostly green garden. 

Comforting enclosure

Holly Lepere

Comforting enclosure

High walls, a gated portal, and olive and Arbutus  'Marina' trees create privacy within the courtyard.  

Serene greens

Jennifer Cheung

Serene greens 

Agave, fescue, rosemary, and statice provide interesting foliage textures while thriving on little water. 

Cost-saving path

Holly Lepere

Cost-saving path

Broad and curving, the path connects the gate to the front door. The walkway is built of stamped concrete and has a dusting of multicolored sand for extra texture. 

Water music

Holly Lepere

Water music

A small recirculating fountain adds the tranquil sound of water to the courtyard without overwhelming the space. 

Design Alida Aldrich, the Aldrich Company, Santa Barbara (805/969-3391)

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http://www.sunset.com/garden/landscaping-design/courtyard-retreat-00400000047676/