It's lush but very appropriate for its desert climate. The walls create a true outdoor room, while referencing the local building practices.
Vividly colored cushions add depth to the seating areas, defining them against the rosy adobe walls.
Ironically, when homeowner Carolyn McCord designed this courtyard garden, she was inspired by, you guessed it, English gardens. In Sunset magazine, she says she wanted "a landscape that had the dense planting and controlled chaos of an English cottage garden, but with water-conserving desert plants."
Consider hardy grasses and cacti planted in an English style, dense and lush, to provide texture and softness to your terrace no matter what climate you live in.
–Lydia Somerville, Senior Editor, MyHomeIdeas.com