Slate + Stucco + Metal Fencing, stir, add some bold color, and I hope you like it!
The second project I ever collaborated on with my friend/builder/home designer Mario Trejo of Trejo Designs(510 418 0823). This was the totally green house he designed for himself and built in Albany, and has been on several local garden tours such as Park Day School, the Garden Conservancy, the San Francisco Bromeliad Society as well as the locally infamous Hortisexuals! The house features energy supplied by combined solar roof panels, geothermal, maximum insulation, and lots of south facing windows. This garden was also featured in Sunset Magazine and titled "Vibrant Tropical Retreat", (if memory serves).
Another personal favorite garden of mine, and another I feel honored to continue taking care of for the the new owners For several years while real estate was still strong here in the SF East Bay, we had many pleasant dinners and times passed contemplating the koi in the fish pond and jacuzzi in back.