Mediterranean meadow in the Bay Area

This garden shows no fear of bright colors and strong architectural shapes

When Linda and Ted Schlein moved into their Spanish-style house in Menlo Park, they inherited a totally different landscape than the one they'd known. "We'd just come from a colonial house surrounded by green lawn, shrubbery, and a white picket fence," Linda explains.

By contrast, their new garden had a Mediterranean flavor to complement the house. The building, designed by Richard Elmore and the previous owners, Duane and Michele Maidens, echoes the curves and colors of a sun-washed village.

To enhance this vision, landscape architect Rosemary Wells gave the front yard a Mediterranean meadow look.

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