Take a tour of a clever Santa Fe garden designed for tranquility
Aria Ponciroli’s backyard is a peaceful retreat.
Click ahead to see how she did it with no-fuss plantings, cooling shade, and optical illusions.
Faced with moss rock, a raised bed hugs the far end of Aria Ponciroli's backyard. The bed steps down gradually, allowing the tallest section of wall to be an inviting focal point.
A meandering path encircles a central planting island. Crunchy pea gravel gives the path texture, and Boral bricks in Savannah Brown are designed to slow the journey.
A Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica) is perfect for shading a small garden, thanks to its pleasing structure, moderate size, and willingness to coexist with understory plants.
Out of the box
Thick carpets of ice plant (Delosperma congestum) spill out of beds here and there, adding a little gentle messiness to an otherwise orderly garden.
Design Monika Hellwegen and Azul Cobb, Carlotta from Paradise, Santa Fe (505/983-1109)