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Country Retreat: How to Use Playful Plantings, Rustic Materials, and Color to Inspire Your Landscape

Magazine article Sunset

Country Retreat: How to Use Playful Plantings, Rustic Materials, and Color to Inspire Your Landscape

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AFTER LIVING too long on a postage stamp-size lot, landscape designer Richard William Wogisch unleashed what he calls his "30-year-old desire to have a real garden" when he purchased a hilltop home overlooking the Sonoma Valley.

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To maximize the view, he cleared out overgrown trees and shrubs. Then he developed a series of garden rooms using plants and materials that reflect the surrounding area's agricultural nature. "I wanted a very regional feel," he says. Although the garden's various plantings have different design themes--a Mediterranean bed, a contemporary English border, and succulent groupings, for example--all plants were chosen for deer resistance and their ability to thrive in the valley's climate.

Now the garden is a true creative outlet, from its plants to its playful accents. "If I can spend every hour of the day out there, I'm happy," Wogisch says. DESIGN Richard William Wogisch, Sonoma County (707/588-9912)

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