Beachside Cottage

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This garden is all about showcasing the plants.† In this very large beachside property in South Laguna, we created several distinct garden spaces.† All are meant to entice you in and allow you to enjoy the colors and textures and the flow of the ocean breezes.

The enclosed front courtyard welcomes you in to sit and enjoy a space surrounded by sycamores, birch, camellias, and a stately angelís trumpet tree by the front door.

This garden’s theme: exploring the many different shades of the color pink, so we selected grasses, succulents, and other drought tolerant plantings that support and complement the concept.

The highlight of the back yard is the expansive wood deck, which offers breathtaking views of the ocean and sunsets beyond; it also provides ample spaces for entertaining, dining and lounging.† The deck overlooks a sunny bed with a bubbling fountain surrounded by orange blooming coral aloes, yellow gold coin, lavender, germander and yarrow.† The view also includes a boxwood hedged tea rose garden surrounding a tall white birdhouse.† Just below the rose garden is charming potting shed with stained glass door and windows.

Leaving the deck, you travel down a narrow brick path, passing a wisteria vine climbing up the overhead trellis, and a small birdbath ringed by huge azalea bushes.† The path leads to a large grass lawn edged by a raised vegetable garden and a secret lower garden filled with fruit trees.

This is a true beachside garden, one that celebrates every member of the family, and the individual elements that make up the whole.† Enjoyed by its tenants and stewards, this garden offers a tranquil sanctuary from the busy world outside.