Set beside a crushed stone path leading to a rustic arbor, this graceful stone urn, perched on a latticed stool and framed by glossy aeonium, exemplifies the layering of textures within the garden.
Fuchsia: When its blood-red blooms hang trembling, the wind is passing by.
Part of the original garden, flagstone steps lead to an oval lawn.
The carved figure is from Bali; the fountain a reproduction of one by Frank Lloyd Wright.
'Pink 'n Pretty' hydrangea.
A colorful glazed pottery base topped by green marble serves as a table.
Sydney's inspiration for the crystal garden came from a Spanish-style home in Houston. LED lights give prisms a bluish cast that is magical at night, sparkling on white arundo grass and green-and-white calla lilies below.
A dramatic star-shaped aeonium in lime is tipped with deep burgundy.
Landscape designer and homeowner Sydney Baumgartner at her dining arbor.
This urn accents the wall alongside the steps leading to the upper garden.
Weathered blue doors with iron supports give the stone walls an air of mystery and age. They conceal utilitarian tools and materials for the garden: composting bins and machinery, a chipper, workbenches, mulberry whips to make or repair lattices, containers of potting soil, and a wagon rigged with a sprayer to feed the trees, especially citrus trees, or "anything ailing," Sydney says. "What's left at the bottom of the compost barrel is medicine for any plant that is not happy at the moment."
The exterior of Sydney's home, designed by Jerome Cerny.
Sydney created the flower arranging part of her garden in memory of a trip to France, where she toured the garden of Nicole de Vesian, retired fashion stylist at the House of Hermes, who spent her retirement years dressing the landscape of her home.
Form and texture play important roles.
A rustic table in the arbor.
Fruit trees add color to the garden.
The garden is full of interesting nooks and crannies.
A walkway with an air of mystery.
Sydney's "sweet-tempered" Araucana chickens from South America lay blue and buff eggs.
Statuary accents the walkways.
Landscape designer Sydney Baumgartner has a painter's eye for striking pattern and color.
Sydney calls this vintage car "The Buffalo" because of its fur seats. It once belonged to designer and artist Lockwood de Forest, who was married to Sydney's mentor and aunt-in-law, Elizabeth de Forest.
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Stunning Santa Barbara Garden
A former horse pasture provides the perfect spot for this breathtaking garden