In the pictured front yard, the sturdy trunks of California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) anchor the space. The landscape is studded with Agave ‘Sharkskin’, feathery Yucca rostrata, and golden barrel cactus. The tall Mexican fan palms, Washingtonia robusta, were preexisting on the property.

Beachy zen…A garden should help you relax and reboot. The plantings are spare, paving is natural. The artwork is easy and inventive. But you dont need to create a garden that looks Japanese to achieve shibuis effect. Just make its underlying design ideas your own.