A tranquil place

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A tranquil place

A water bowl is underplanted with diascias, hen and chicks, and Salvia x superba.

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One of the best places to find respite from the outside world is your garden. There, surrounded by greenery, fragrant flowers, and objects you love, you can relax and reconnect with nature.

For Cindy Jo Rose, who created these two sanctuaries at her home in Capitola, California, there is another benefit too. Her house is so small, she says, that her comfortably furnished outdoor nooks add to her living space.

For one tranquil corner, Rose screened part of the driveway with easy-care plants and bamboo trellises. Then she added a rattan chair and table, a water bowl, and garden art.

In the backyard, Rose, collaborating with designer Lynn Robinson (831/426-5452), used a fountain as the focal point of her "stone circle," which is paved with gravel, marbles, and beach rock. Paper umbrellas and a bench add to the magic. "The garden is my haven," says Rose.

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