Up the serenity in your own garden room with these easy-care, low-water plants.
All low-water and easy-care
Magical outdoor room
"Everything about this garden is magical," says designer Vera Gates of Liz and Chris Dressel's hillside hideaway in Woodside, California. "The light is magical. So are the plantings around the native oak." Thoughts of yard work won't break the spell here: These plants are all low-water and easy-care. A decomposed-granite patio means no lawn to mow. And the chairs around the portable firepit? Bewitching. "Guests just want to recline in them and enjoy the view. No one ever wants to leave." Design: Vera Gates and Scott Yarnell, Arterra Landscape Architects, San Francisco (arterrallp.com).
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