To create intrigue while maximizing the lot space of this mid-century-style residence, dense California flora abuts a durable Ipe wood deck in a seamless transition. Drought-tolerant plants with high-intensity color include purple Salvias, yellow pincushion and ‘Safari Sunset’ protea (Leucadendron spp.), white sage (Salvia apiana), and Cordyline. The olive hedge offers privacy from the road, and raised rock basins in the orchard provide a dramatic sense of scale and height. Walkways of cut flagstone and gravel lead from the driveway to the orchard, shade gardens, and the custom outdoor fire pit. “Creating flow patterns to these areas leads to an interactive experience, an opportunity to explore for the fullest enjoyment,” says Trace.