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The clients here own two properties, joined at their rear yards. This called for a design that would work now, as well as when the houses are no longer jointly occupied. The solution: An allee of gingko trees that link these spaces; one day they will be separate rows of trees.  


The main house rear yard, with pool, dining pavilion, and a fire-pit patio, is planted with grasses and tough colorful perennials. A row of bright pots, planted with succulents, lines one edge of the pool, and a lemon tree provides scent and greenery. A second allee of strawberry trees leads to the pool from the side yard of the house.


In the front, olive trees and a climbing rose frame the entry. Decomposed granite with steel edging and ‘Capitola Buff’ flagstone pavers are used here, and throughout the property, to co-ordinate with the warm tones of the buildings, mosaics, and decorative tile panel. 


Menlo Park, CA


Landscape contractor:  

Leo-Michael Anshutz Landscaping, Inc.

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