A garden isn’t just a place for plants, it’s a space for people, too. So why not make it as appealing and complete as any room indoors?
That was Pamela Volante’s guiding philosophy when she bought her 1920s Spanish Revival home in Westwood, California. The property was large, offering plenty of space to work with, but the yard, despite the house’s age, remained undeveloped. “It was all catawampus,” says Pamela, a landscape and interior designer, “sloping down from right to left and from back to front.” There were a few mature trees, but otherwise the backyard consisted of a concrete patch with a clothesline. The uneven, unimproved terrain nevertheless inspired her. “The slopes gave the property character,” she says. “And I had a clean slate.”
Shown: A circular fountain and pond, blue-tiled to reflect the sky, is the focal point of the garden. A ruffle of lamb’s ear wraps the circumference for emphasis, its fuzzy texture softening the rim of mortared brick.