How to design a bento box garden
Instead, he built a lounging platform of board-formed concrete along one side of the yard—raising it a few steps above the dining area and bocce court so its side-by-side firepit, soaking tub, and fountain feel like “upstairs” destinations. The result is a garden that’s as compartmentalized as the traditional Japanese lunch box, but unified by design details such as redwood steps and clusters of succulents.
When Frane talks about his garden now, it sounds as if he’s describing a much larger yard: “I love being in the water, enjoying the fire, or lounging on cushions with friends—everyone together on a summer evening.”
Design: John Frane; predockfrane.com.