A good outdoor space is like a living room where there’s always a breeze and you can pick fruit right off the trees. Steal these tips from our Test Garden for your very own oasis
As the first magazine to publish photos of homes with sliding doors (1952), decks (1958), and hot tubs (1979), Sunset wrote the book on outdoor living. At our Test Garden, the outdoor room we call the Gathering Space provides an updated take on an outdoor living room, inspiring us to move the party outside. Christian Cobbs, Homestead Design Collective's lead designer took the reins on this room, using it as an opportunity to showcase the low-water, easy-care plants of the Sunset Western Garden Collection. He supplemented with playful additions, like succulents and other drought-tolerant accents. Cobbs describes this garden as “foliage-based,” meaning that the impact comes from colorful leaves rather than fussy flowers. The result is year-round structure and form, with next to no maintenance.