California-Style Outdoor Spaces by Jamie Durie

Landscape designer Jamie Durie took inspiration from gardens and architecture in Los Angeles, Ojai and Palm Springs to create these beautiful outdoor rooms.

Jamie took ideas he gleaned from the green movement in Los Angeles to create a living wall for a new pergola. Irrigation tubes line the wall, which is packed with vegetables, herbs and perennials. The roof is a mixture of grasses and agave. — Image courtesy of

In the same Los Angeles-inspired makeover, Jamie terraced the yard and added an attractive lounging area just outside the door. — Image courtesy of

A visit to Palm Springs gave Jamie ideas for this poolside makeover, including the use of tropical palms, cactus and drought-tolerant plants, plus red tile and natural stone. The new poolside benches function as a fix for a crumbling retainer wall. — Image courtesy of

The serene gardens and architecture of Ojai, Cal., were the inspiration for this beautiful meditation area. The area is partially enclosed with rope and rocks. — Image courtesy of

Spanish arches serve as an elegant "wall" for this stylish Santa-Barbara-inspired outdoor room.

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