Enchanted gardens: Mission magic
An inspired marriage of plants, furnishings, and accessories makes these gardens magical
When Charles Eglee approached Los Angeles landscape architect Rob Steiner for help with his Pacific Palisades, California, garden, he knew what he was after: “I wanted to move the inside out.”
A collection of Bauer pottery from the ’20s sets the tone for the interior of the mission revival-style house Eglee shares with his wife, Ninkey Dalton. He wanted the pottery to inspire the garden.
Steiner made a bright orange jardiniere the focal point of a large koi pond encircled by a ribbon of bog plants. “Basically, we made most of the backyard a water garden,” he says. The jardiniere also inspired plant choices, such as orange-flowered cannas. And it provided the tie-in for more clay art – a plaque of San Jose tile hangs on one wall, and the table is topped with mosaic.