A half-inch of decomposed granite over a compacted base forms a firm clean surface that drains well when summer rains drench this garden in Rancho Mirage, CA. The path's irregular shape, edged with pale flagstone, encourages visitors to slow down and enjoy the yellow-flowering palo verde agaves and opuntia and barrel cactus along the way.
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He added a diagonally placed wall between the driveway and the garden and planted islands of plants near the sidewalk. Repainting the house pale terra cotta and the bricks two shades of gray also helped update its look without compromising its style.