The orange and yellow of an aeonium plant beautifully evoke the desert sunset.
A before shot of the home.
Rob and Suzy Schaefer's handsome Southwestern-style home.
Aloe striata adds vibrancy.
Mexican pots create interest at the California residence's front door.
The verticality of this grouping of pink aloe striata, yellow kangaroo paws, and Dasylirion longissimum (Mexican grass tree) shows Suzy's keen eye for composition.
Tulbaghia, which is also known as society garlic, adds color.
Painter Suzy, who is a pro with both her brush and spade.
A path leading to the vegetable garden illustrates Suzy's fondness for verticality. She eschews plants that are too quill-like or spiky.
A before shot of the back veranda.
With its dramatic fireplace and beamed ceiling, the back veranda is ideal for entertaining.
The pink and purple colors of Echeveria 'Afterglow' ensure that it has a starring role in the Schaefers' garden.
Shaded by a melaleuca tree, the bench was created out of rock left from the home's construction. It's part of a restful vignette that hints at the couple's love of Southwestern touches, including rock slabs from Mexico in the garden and Western art inside the home.
Vignettes like this one are scattered throughout the garden, adding interest at every turn.
Party-friendly, this covered area has a coffee table made from a Mexican door. It's cozy here even when it's raining.
No wonder Rob growls when Suzy wants to move one of these pots--they're five feet wide and made of concrete!
Suzy finds painting and gardening have much in common; fellow artists gather weekly at her home.
The garden plan.
Work in progress.
The bell gives a Mission feeling.
A pleasing grouping.
An exotic look.
Down the garden path.
Inside Suzy's studio.
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A Garden Full of Beautiful Succulents
A desert garden is alive with colorful succulents