Contemporary Spanish Yard

A California couple wants to turn their backyard into a modern space that suits their young family.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionNew patio furniture adds plenty of seating to this contemporary retreat — rustic touches complete the backyard's updated style.
New patio furniture offers a warm and inviting place to sit and enjoy the Guggenheims' new backyard, while a grassy area provides a comfortable, open place for the kids to play. The planting scheme offers a mix of green and silver with splashes of blue, yellow and red scattered throughout the design. The velvety purple fall flowers of Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) contrast nicely with the soft silver foliage of lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina), Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa), lavender and artemisia. Modern-style containers of drought-tolerant plants provide additional sculptural elements to the garden.