Whenever we pass this lovely front garden on neighborhood walks with the pooch, we stop to admire the simple do-it-yourself solution employed to enhance the garden's Asian look and feel...
A basic wood trellis has been chopped up and hung beneath the heavy beams to create a decorative archway. The trellis fragments frame the garden nicely, and when the fog lifts (probably not very often) they also provide a nice frame for the city view beyond the house.
We love the plantings, too, focused not on blooming florals but on layers of textured foliage and soft colors, with rusty reds mixed in with various shades of green. Bamboos and Japanese maples further enhance the calming Asian mood of the garden.
(Images: Susie Nadler)