Simply elegant

Multiple garden rooms

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Simply elegant

Pink blooms of 'Akebono' flowering cherries are echoed by underplanted coral bells.

Marion Brenner

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Danville, CA. Jack and Shelley Bays wanted a garden with variety, seasonal color, and plenty of foliage to soften stark walls.

Landscape architect Mathew Henning and landscape designer Heather Anderson provided a simple yet elegant solution for the small property by removing a lawn and developing a series of garden rooms that are visually appealing from indoors and out.

Outside the living room, a tired-looking Mexican fountain and tile patio were replaced with refined gray slate. A small pond filled with iris and water lilies adds a handsome focal point from indoors. Surrounding the patio is a low stone wall that doubles as party seating. In spring, flowering spiraea and coral bells bloom behind it. A semicircle of 'Akebono' flowering cherries softens the neighbors' wall and shades the patio in summer.

"It's such a sophisticated solution," one juror remarked.

DESIGN: Henning/Anderson, Oakland, CA (510/531-3095)

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