Back in 2009, this 3-acre house that overlooks Stillwater Cove and Carmel Highlands in Pebble Beach, CA, was treated to a “redo” by Zeterre Landscape Architecture preparatory to the house also being remodeled. Now it forms a really elegant “nest” for the stately French-inspired property, as both garden and home have grown with each other into a wonderfully colorful complete. The view of the residence itself, from the manicured lawn, is breathtaking — with graceful twin staircases winding up to a completely-terraced second story and expanses of glass. The view outward from that balcony, even so, is, if something, even more spectacular: with sightlines clear to the sea, it is straightforward to recognize separate tiny garden nooks, outside “rooms” if you will, bordered by mature trees.
What’s in these outside “rooms”? Japanese bloodgrass, lupines, and salvia, in shades ranging from blue-purple to burgundy. They border stone patios and fountains of blue tile tucked behind one particular such location is a garden bench, in a mix of sun and shade and overlooking a concrete paver path. At the foot of the twin staircases is a set of broad concrete steps interspersed with ground cover, fescue, and prairie grasses their foliage, light and swaying in the Pacific breeze, softens the strict rectangular lines of stairs and walk. Finally, shining blue ceramic pots of yucca and other annuals dot the patios, providing both reflective qualities and jewel-like colour. Pebble Beach: it is a sumptuous study in blue, white, and green — with a tiny red thrown in for exciting, and a view that can’t be beat.