Many gardens are viewed from above only during the planning process—as a drawing on paper. But when landscape architect Mark Tessier designed this front yard in Manhattan Beach, CA, he had both the bird’s-eye view and the eye-level one in mind. “I wanted the clients to enjoy the garden as much from the windows upstairs as they would from the ground,” he says.
From above, the 720-square-foot garden has a Tetris-like geometry. Ipe wood insets are placed throughout the yard; “when you walk on them, you get a great click-clack sound underfoot—just like on a boardwalk,” says Tessier.