I'll admit it, I get a little envious when I see a garden with a simple palette. It's not an option for my yard—I want to keep experimenting with new varieties of plants—but I love the calm, serene feeling that comes with using only a few types.
The owners of this yard are also fans of a simple palette and also love spending time on the coast. So I chose grasses that remind me of the meadows of Point Reyes and ground-cover plants that remind me of the vegetation you find on the cliffs above the ocean, or the creatures you find in tide pools.
Pegasus Construction created the hardscaping, collaborating with the client on the design, and pulling me in to give my two-cents. (Still thrilled they agreed to wider spaces between the concrete pavers so I could use larger rocks and tuck in more greenery.)
Amy John Headley is a landscape designer based in San Francisco.