Picturesque Landscapes: Drought-Tolerant Plants Complete Hilltop Landscape

Colorado moss rock boulders paired with South African aloe plants create a natural sculpture in this Bel Air hilltop landscape. Ornamental grasses, kangaroo paw plants, eucalyptus trees and succulents round out the drought-tolerant design, and a stacked-stone fire pit provides a cozy spot from which to enjoy a view of the Santa Monica mountains.

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Photo By: Jack Coyier Photography, Lisa Romerein Photography

Boulders, Aloes Form Natural Sculpture

By pairing Colorado moss rock boulders with South African aloe plants, landscape architect Lisa Gimmy essentially created an all-natural, 3D sculpture. Lush green grass highlights the design on all sides. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

Views of Santa Monica Mountains

Clusters of kangaroo paw plants and ornamental grasses fill the garden with seasonal colors. Thanks to their short stature, these plants also allow the owners to enjoy views of the Santa Monica mountains. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

Ornamental Grasses Soften Modern Exterior

When set against the home's modern exterior, those South African aloe plants become even more visually striking. Ornamental grasses offer additional color and soften the setting. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

Path Lined With Ornamental Grasses

With ornamental grasses and aloe plants on either side of the path, the owners always have something lovely to admire on their strolls through the garden. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

Wind-Sheltered Sitting Area

With a stacked stone fire pit and six white chairs, this outdoor space becomes a comfortable spot to gather with friends. The hillside and home both provide shelter from the wind, while plants offer a touch of greenery. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

Gorgeous Garden in Bel Air

Located in Bel Air, this drought-tolerant garden includes ornamental grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees. As they wander along the path, the owners will also enjoy views of the Santa Monica mountains. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

Hedge With Striking Geometric Shape

For additional visual interest, the landscape architects outlined the backyard with a zig-zagging hedge of Bush Germander. The plant's light green hue complements the color of the hillside. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

Courtyard Showcases Sansevieria Plants

This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

South African Aloe Plants

As the ornamental grasses sway in the wind, they draw even more attention to the sturdy South African aloes. With their long leaves and dark green coloring, these plants are a gorgeous addition to the garden. Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates

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