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As an outgrowth of the owner’s personal interests in architecture, art, and sustainable principles, this garden redesign seamlessly integrates the 1949 mid-century home with the surrounding spaces. The desire was to evoke the indigenous in a simple way. Examples include selection of earthen paint colors and the use of local stone for much of the garden floor. Stone in the form of granite cobble, crushed gravel, and beach rock interweave massed drought-tolerant plantings including kangaroo paw, grasses, succulents, agaves, and flax. A simple system of water moves through the garden and into a basin in the entry courtyard, enhancing the sense of refuge the garden has created.