Circular fun in Century City
If the garden behind Ann and Sandy Blanchard’s sleek, contemporary home has a theme, it might be called “circles and bubbles.” A circular lawn framed with a bold poured-concrete strip lies in the center of the backyard. Pavers of various sizes embellish the wide, adjacent path; from a second-story window, they appear to float like bubbles through a river of gravel. Planting beds between the lawn and patio are curved. Another bed ― filled with blue Senecio mandraliscae, phormium tenax, and agaves ― is circular.
“We wanted to loosen up the garden to play off the home’s angular design,” says landscape designer Greg Sanchez. The circles have a practical side too: “They visually tie together three outdoor rooms ― a dining patio, a firepit patio, and the children’s play area.”
But geometry is only half of the backyard’s story. “The owners love hot colors, so we played with those,” Sanchez says. In the curved planting beds, yellow kangaroo paws rise above tufts of blue fescue. Golden Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight’ carries the path’s line around the lawn. In contrast to the backyard’s rounded shapes, the front yard is all about angular drama.