Manhattan Beach Modern CottageModern Landscape, Los Angeles
Succulents, grasses and low-water shrubs with vivid foliage give this coastal garden a rich, textured look with minimal maintenance. Exterior colors and furniture selection by Julie McMahon. Photos by Daniel Bosler
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Using movable chairs and a love seat, rather than a built-in furniture arrangement, keeps the seating flexible. Guests can pull their chairs up closer to the fire pit for extra warmth or push them back to cool off.Shop for teak patio furniture
AFTER: Using the L-shape of the backyard, Scott defined two distinct areas of the garden: an inviting outdoor fire pit patio, shown here, and an area for a raised-bed kitchen garden, connected by a small section of lawn. “This is a family garden, so we wanted to give everyone what they needed: grass and vegetable tending for the kids, and a place to relax for the adults,” Scott says.