More December scenes in a north. California setting
Just thought I'd include another warmer weather(relatively speaking, it isn't exactly warm at 55F here in Berkeley), scene of a garden built around foliage contrast and texture, and very little floral color. The palms and succulents along with the white walls, wood and stone accents and warm earth toned concrete paving and benches provide a look that is little changing with the seasons. This is another garden for the same builder client where the back garden was designed to wrap around a single existing specimen live oak tree that was the only feature in the back yard. It was actually great fun to develop spaces that pushed and pulled with the sinuous trunks of this oak, and had cantilevered terraces and balconies per my site design that related to the oak from 3 different levels across the back 3 stories of the residence. It always felt to me like I was transported to a secret forest hide-away while in this garden, a place out of time. Check out some of the other photos of the garden in the set if interested.
Mainly I am posting this here to share ideas on how to design a garden for year round interest, while also being sensitive to the concerns of landscaping around existing mature oak trees that are intolerant of summer watering or grade disturbances of their root zone. We actually did quite a bit of filling to create level areas within the garden, but with minimal impact on the tree growing out of almost solid rock...
Here is a link that might be useful: A winter garden scene in the Berkeley hills of California