Elizabeth Low of Elow Landscape Design in Los Angeles ripped out Bergman’s lawn and the tired brick entry that ran in straight line from the sidewalk to the front door. New steps create a longer procession to the door, and a stone landing gives guests a place for hellos and goodbyes. The new cable railing satisfies Bergman’s love of industrial accents. She shopped with Low for plants that would yield not only year-round blooms but also distinctive combinations. “The weirder, the better,” Low says with a laugh. Yellow-blooming aloe mixes with purplish aeonium and spiky, orange-tinged flax; elsewhere, you’ll see citrus and salvia, and along the entry path, little echeveria succulents peek through a carpet of purple-blooming elfin thyme.
Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
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