Beatrice de Gea, Los Angeles Times
David and Shelly Roth of Rancho Palos Verdes turned to landscape designer Kathleen Ferguson to create a low-maintenance, modern frontyard. Her solution smartly shields the house from the street without alienating outsiders. At the top of a slope, the plum-colored foliage of Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea,' a fast-growing bush that's tolerant of ocean winds, serves as a privacy screen. As groundcover, hardy orange gazanias do more than feel vibrant and welcoming; they also provide a place where daughter Zella and son Everett can play. Long, narrow planters inset on the slope are made of plain concrete. "You don't have to use luxurious stone," Ferguson says. "You just need to use your materials in an interesting way." At the bottom of the slope (out of frame along the street), dymondia serves as a substitute for lawn, carpeting the ground with gray-green foliage.
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