Curves and Surprises Transform a Dry Backyard



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The decision to redesign this property began with the desire for a backyard cottage for guests or work. Today, it’s an evolving set of welcoming outdoor rooms and a demonstration garden of low-water plants in beds representing Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean and California. Succulents provide color when the native plantings go dormant, and salvaged materials, vintage garden chairs and a hidden “circle garden” add to the yard’s surprises. “The garden is still a work in progress, which is fine with us,” says owner and landscape architect Chris Kukula. “It gives us something to look forward to.”

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