Tranquil enclosure

Lauren Bonar Swezey

Napa, CA. Quiet and graceful, William Snowden's elegant garden in the Napa Valley is actually a central courtyard almost entirely enclosed by house walls.

Before the remodel, the area was paved in concrete and almost devoid of plants. The new planting is simple: two 'Bloodgood' Japanese maples with a stand of timber bamboo between them. Bright green baby's tears, blue star creeper, and creeping thyme grow below them. Dwarf mondo grass edges paths made from bluestone and black Mexican beach pebbles.


DESIGN: William R. Snowden Landscape Design, Napa, CA ( www.williamsnowden.com or 707/259-1133)