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This San Diego-area garden is both charming and drought-resistant. 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 and many ambassadors of the region’s native plant life in the garden.

Black makes a striking statement in this sunny Hawaiian yard. Graphic silver pillows pop against the dark chairs and deep jungle beyond. Matching orbs hanging from the branches lend a contemporary touch.

A tiny table-and-bench set is the perfect spot for little tea parties and afternoon sandwiches. Small feet won’t disrupt the natural grass carpeting underneath.

Multiple archways with French doors open this home up to the exquisite entertaining and garden area just outside. Partially covered by a wooden pergola, the expansive space offers just the right amount of shade.

Towering trees filter the sunlight in this inviting scene. A lantern hanging above welcomes guests after dark. Chairs and a curved bench carved from large pieces of wood lend a rustic charm to the setting.

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Garden Retreats and Sitting Areas

Explore the nooks and crannies of our favorite gardens

Written and produced by Lucy Fitzgerald
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