Tuscan dining: The courtyard
Designer Paul Hendershot calls his Ojai, Calif. garden "a Mediterranean courtyard without walls."
The centerpiece is a concrete-topped table (more on that next slide).
Inspired by the casual elegance of Mediterranean-style gardens, Hendershot carpeted his patio with pea gravel. "It feels good to walk on when barefoot," he says.
A pepper tree provides light shade on hot days. To complement the tree ― and the garden's overall look ― Hendershot also planted boxwood, 'Provence' lavender, Myrtus communis 'Compacta' (which he likes for its scent), and upright rosemary.