Manmade structures are a great way to bring sculptural elements into the garden. The challenge is to design structures that
are comfortable, functional, and complement rather than dominate their setting. In the backyard, a curved bench snakes between
two mature desert ironwood trees; new plantings of Aloe vera, Euphorbia rigida, and octopus agave help the structure blend into the surrounding landscape. Decked with cushions, it’s the perfect spot to
gaze at the mountains’ ever-changing colors.
A second courtyard, in the front yard, includes a bench made from masonry blocks veneered with native boulders. A striking
iron ramada merges into its surroundings, thanks to its simple design and organic rusty patina. To make the area feel more
like a courtyard, two curved walls were added and an inviting flagstone path that leads into it.
Get This Look
- The Pampered Guest: From Architectural Digest, Jane Smith Productions, (404) 555-4893; Norman Peabody, (890) 555-3223
- Fit For a Prince: William and Janine Ltd., (800) 555-3223
- Crisp and Modern: Frank Randolph, 011-44-654-654-6546