With great views come great responsibility.
Native plants with golden flowers link to the tawny hills...
Any garden designer, faced with such a beautiful vista as backdrop, must complement such a vista, not interfere with it, or hide it. The designer must add an appropriate foreground, and let the views take first place.
The next Fling garden visit, to a garden in Walnut Creek, was quite successful in adding a foreground to complement the background.
Horizontal lines created by low walls and low plantings swept in curves around the hill top property and around a low ranch house.
Smaller native and Mediterranean shrubs provided modest screening where it was needed.
A muted color scheme worked. Garish neon shades would have been out of place. The brightest note was a soft magenta in the Anigozanthos...
...but the main colors were soft yellows, golds, oranges, and brick.
The delicate orange and yellow of a variegated Abutilon.
A soft peachy Lily.
Another restrained orange.
Just a touch of white...
A brick red rather than a crimson Lily.
The brick echoed in Asclepias:
Warm reds and yellows repeated through many different flower shapes and sizes, and even in the fruit upon a tree.
Yellows and reds even in foliage.
This unity of color made for a peaceful garden experience.
The garden put us into a relaxed and happy mood. It was hard to leave.
The designers--homeowners and professionals working in collaboration, surely honored the quintessential California view by creating a beautiful environment in which to sit and enjoy it.