10 Jun Esprit de courtyard: La Jolla Secret Garden Tour, part two
Behold — our favorite garden on the tour. How did this home spread its vines in our hearts?
We love this place — one of six stops on the La Jolla Secret Garden Tour; read Part One here — because it’s a living example of how you can add green to a compact space in a way that thrills and surprises at every turn. There are garden stories within stories in this place. And the overarching narrative captures you from the sidewalk, where pollarded (“within an inch of [their] life,” a tour goer noted) trees direct you toward the whitewashed gate.
Beyond the gate, the roses nudge you inside.
This home is five minutes away from our house. Walk a few dozen steps through the interior — maybe take a peek at the art collection, the sculpture, photos, the midcentury modern mobile — and suddenly you’re in an open-air Moroccan-inspired courtyard. Each corner woos you. There’s the bed where stemmy leopard plants reach out and pop against the gray pavers and vines on white. Cordyline proves itself as the plant for lovers of metallic. A fat Canary Islands dragon tree gets a daybed and an ocean view. Lanterns and a plaster angel add a human touch without competing.
You get a bird’s eye view of it all when you mount the stairs to “the turret.” More lovely outdoor decor, plus a succulent ground cover and a huge century agave on an incline.
High, low, practically hidden — so many great vignettes. Join us as we jump in!