The Chautauqua landscape evokes a sense of peace and tranquility, creating an escape from the surrounding city into a forested enclave. The first design challenge was planning the approach to the house from the street. “High Desert” stone was used to fabricate an organic front walk that doubles as the driveway. Openings between the stones are staggered strategically to allow Woolly Thyme and Dymondia ground covers to spill over the paving, adding interest to the hardscape. Hedges of Purple Hopseed and classic Pittosporum add a striking contrast to the colorful drought tolerant perennials. Use of both horizontal and vertical greenery helps to minimize the mass of the building while showcasing nature for all who approach.