Carmel / The owners of this new home, perched on the edge of a slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Carmel River, wanted a low-maintenance landscape that reflected and merged seamlessly with the surrounding views and context. The slope, once inhabited by invasive species such as bamboo, required extensive erosion control stabilization and hillside restoration plantings to enhance the riparian zone. The new native plant mix effectively frames the dramatic, ever-changing river views and provides privacy screening. JLJA also designed the formal entry from street and driveway, incorporating swaths of low maintenance, native or regionally-adapted species to both set off the stone paving and low walls and provide strategic screening. Highlights of the home are two sunken courtyards that serve as light wells; with decorative gravel on the ground, they feature custom corten planters holding striking 'Sango-kaku' Japanese maples.