Design a courtyard retreat
Serenity reigns inside this garden in Montecito, Calif. See the details that make it work
Design that works
A curved path, high walls, soft greens, and a bubbling fountain make this Southern California garden a soothing escape.
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The gate, painted brilliant red, creates a dramatic entry and adds a jolt of color to the otherwise mostly green garden.
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.
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)