Magazine article Sunset

Graphic Green: What Happens When Hard (Pavement) Meets Soft (Plantings) in Your Yard? Modern Art You Can Walk On

Magazine article Sunset

Graphic Green: What Happens When Hard (Pavement) Meets Soft (Plantings) in Your Yard? Modern Art You Can Walk On

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Grid

'Elfin' thyme turns this patio into a giant checkerboard. Growing in 4-inch-wide strips dividing poured-in-place concrete squares, it's irrigated by a subsurface drip system and needs only the occasional light pruning. Sea thrift keeps the grid from looking too controlled. (That blue "gravel" in the firepit is recycled glass.) DESIGN Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture, Los Osos, CA (www.jgsdesigns.com)

Stripes

Baby's tears growing between cast pavers create the bold look of a mod rug in this San Francisco courtyard, which maintains a serene air even as the light changes from spectacular to subdued. During the day, mirrors behind the sandblasted glass walls animate reflections that fall across the glass surface. At night, neon bulbs in a recessed track light up the wall and mirrors from below. DESIGN Topher Delaney, San Francisco (tdelaney.com)

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Waves

Icy blue dymondia flows like a stream between flagstone pavers in a garden near Morro Bay, California. Surrounded by grasses and coastal natives, this path echoes the curves of the nearby estuary. DESIGN Jeffrey Gordon Smith (see page 61)

Spiral

'TifSport' Bermuda grass weaves a double helix through this flagstone walkway at the Ojai Valley Inn 8i Spa in Ojai, California. …

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