Lavatera maritima forms a privacy screen near the pool; the plant blooms nearly nonstop. Trailing rosemary white 'Flower Carpet' roses and an olive tree topiary complete the picture.
Soften hardscape. Plant creeping thyme between pavers, and edge paths with soft-foliaged plants such as hardy geraniums and yarrow.
Include a few workhorses. To add color to a mostly herbal garden, rely on a few shrubs that bloom nearly year-round, such as lavatera and groundcover roses.
Design: Theresa Clark Studio, Capistrano Beach, CA (949/248-5404)