Embracing heritage

A San Luis Obispo garden reconnects to its Craftsman character and the land it sits on

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To create the illusion of a dry-stacked wall, which also would have been typical of that time period, he used recessed mortar to hold the flagstone (Lincoln Multi) in place.

To match the new front steps, the concrete ones near the front door were replaced with more flagstone, which Smith also used to create flanking piers.

He then suggested the house's new paint colors, which pick up tones in the flagstone.

Though the garden looks natural, almost wild, there's order built in. Except for the existing locust tree, the two sides of the yard are symmetrical.

Even the biennial tower of jewels ― the showy, red-spired Echium wildpretii dominating the garden ― is carefully managed to maintain the balance. 

Next: The backyard



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