Magazine article Sunset

A Garden That's Too Good to Be True

Magazine article Sunset

A Garden That's Too Good to Be True

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Artful illusion transformed this cramped rear yard

ALWAYS IN BLOOM, never needs water, takes up no space, has no bugs, and requires no spraying: these are some of the virtues of the plants that line and brighten this small rear garden. If you think these maintenance-free plants seem too good to be real, you're right.

Jan and Vince Arcaro's yard in Toluca Lake, California, used to be hemmed in by the blank walls of their two-story house, their garage, and a neighbor's garage. They would have liked to soften it with plants, but there were only small beds near each garage, and they wanted to preserve the lawn for their children to play on.

So they turned for help to Peeter Alvet and Nancy Turner, a Los Angeles husband-and-wife team, who design and paint gardens for spaces with limited room or with soil and light inadequate for growing real plants. While most people look at a stucco or concrete-block wall and see a wall, Turner and Alvet see these hard surfaces as canvases destined to become lush, verdant gardens. …

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