In Southern California, some of the best gardens are off limits except for one day of the year. Here, we take a glimpse behind the gates in Venice:
Photographs by Mimi Giboin, for Gardenista.
Above: A dry garden on this year’s annual Venice Garden Tour, which showed visitors the private courtyards and backyards and gardens in two neighborhoods: the Gregory Ain tract in Mar Vista and the blocks east of Lincoln Boulevard.
Above: Succulents, including a variety of drought tolerant succulents, thrive in a dry, sunny spot.
Above: A permeable path, edged with drought tolerant perennials.
Above: Low-growing ground cover roses in galvanized metal troughs. To create a similar look, see DIY: Vintage Troughs as Planters.
Above: The rough texture of a concrete planter complements the vaguely swollen look of succulents, which hoard water in their leaves.
Interested in seeing more gardens? If so, check out Gardenista’s post A Seaside Garden on an Aegean Island.