roses! Whether you're looking to relax or entertain, this modern garden is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Inspired by an archived 1950s Sunset story, one designer upped the cool factor with an organic mix of textures, a simple color palette, and fresh furniture. Find out how below.
Daniel Nolan, a garden designer from San Francisco, created this interactive garden space with plenty of natural personality.
Photos: Thomas J. Story
Easy tips from our editors
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Include a firepit or fireplace into your design to create a focal point, as well as a natural conversation area.
Decorate the space with groupings of the same plant, which will allow other decorative elements (sculptures and paved walkways) to stand out.
Discover new types of plants that lend a one-of-a-kind look to your garden. Nolan chose plants originally from the Southern Hemisphere.
Bring indoor style out by hanging a gallery wall of plants. Use a mix of wall-mounted and hanging planters for a fun twist.
Outdoor seat cushions, planters, and garden ornaments are an easy way to add hints of color.
Consider a firepit made out of stone or thick metal for ultimate durability.