Written by: Johanna Silver + Kathleen Brenzel
Many gardens are viewed from above only during the planning process-as a drawing on paper. But when landscape architect Mark Tessier design this front yard in Manhattan Beach, California, he had both the bird's-eye view and the eye-level one in mind.
"I wanted the clients to enjoy the garden as much from the windows upstairs as they would from the ground."
This Pacific Palisades entry has all the symmetry of a formal garden-but instead of manicured hedges, it features a loos arrangement of drought-tolerant plants.