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10 A-List Garden Ideas to Steal from Hollywood Celebrities

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10 A-List Garden Ideas to Steal from Hollywood Celebrities

April 9, 2017

What do A-List celebrities know about gardens? When Lena Dunham bought actor George Peppard’s sweetly suburban Hollywood bungalow in 2015, it came with a front yard to mow. Sting’s flower beds in Tuscany can tolerate drought. Ellen DeGeneres opted for a permeable gravel terrace outside her master bedroom on the California coast. And at her former ranch in Ojai, Reese Witherspoon was practically a poster child for permeable pavement.

Here are 10 of our favorite ideas to steal from celebrities’ gardens (past and present):

Ellen DeGeneres: Take the Long View

An elevated terrace paved with light-colored gravel that feels cool underfoot even in hot sun, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have a view in Santa Barbara that stretches to the Pacific Ocean. Their \1930s Montecito, CA villa is for sale for \$45 million. Photograph via Realtor.
Above: An elevated terrace paved with light-colored gravel that feels cool underfoot even in hot sun, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have a view in Santa Barbara that stretches to the Pacific Ocean. Their 1930s Montecito, CA villa is for sale for $45 million. Photograph via Realtor.

Sting: Drought Tolerant

Sting Il Palagio Tuscany

Above: Musician Sting and wife Trudie Styler’s 900-acre Tuscan vineyard estate Il Palagio produces organic grapes, and olive oil. Drought-tolerant perennials such as achillea and lavender require little water after they are established. Photograph via Palagio Products.

Lena Dunham: Love Your Shrubs

Above: At the three-bedroom bungalow in Hollywood that Lena Dunham bought in 2015, shrubs and hedges provide a backdrop for the white-on-white facade. Photograph via MLS.

Reese Witherspoon: Go Barefoot

Above: At her 7-acre ranch in Ojai, CA (which she sold in 2013 ), Reese Witherspoon paved courtyards and paths with decomposed granite, a permeable surface that prevents water runoff and feels good underfoot. Photograph via Realtor.

For more ideas, see Low-Cost Luxury: 9 Ways to Use Decomposed Granite in a Landscape.

Patrick Dempsey: Dive In

Enclosed by a wooden deck, a swimming pool and spa keep a low profile to blend in with the natural surroundings at actor Patrick Dempsey&#8\2\17;s former Malibu home (sold for \$\15 million in \20\15). Built-in season contributes to the relaxed poolside atmosphere. Photograph via Redfin.
Above: Enclosed by a wooden deck, a swimming pool and spa keep a low profile to blend in with the natural surroundings at actor Patrick Dempsey’s former Malibu home (sold for $15 million in 2015). Built-in season contributes to the relaxed poolside atmosphere. Photograph via Redfin.

Vincent Kartheiser: Get a Rollaway Wall

Above: In Hollywood, Mad Man actor Vincent Kartheiser had rolling barn doors to connect the indoors to the courtyard garden in the hideaway house he sold in 2014. For more, see Designer Visit: A Mad Man’s $800K Hollywood Hideaway.

Johnny Depp: Entertain, Outdoors

In actor Johnny Depp&#8\2\17;s movie-set-worthy village in the south of France (currently for sale, asking price \$39 million) outdoor dining is encouraged. Photograph via Hilton & Hyland.
Above:In actor Johnny Depp’s movie-set-worthy village in the south of France (currently for sale, asking price $39 million) outdoor dining is encouraged. Photograph via Hilton & Hyland.

Katharine Hepburn: Consider Curb Appeal

A facade softened by vines adds charm to the Old Sayville, Connecticut, the house Katharine Hepburn grew up in (and summered in most of her 97 years); the house is currently on the market for \$\1\1.8 million. Photograph via Realtor.
Above: A facade softened by vines adds charm to the Old Sayville, Connecticut, the house Katharine Hepburn grew up in (and summered in most of her 97 years); the house is currently on the market for $11.8 million. Photograph via Realtor.

Neil Patrick Harris: Savor Symmetry

At the \13.5-acre Hamptons estate that actor Neil Patrick Harris bought last month, a symmetrical row of lollipop trees creates order at the approach to the swimming pool. Photograph via Town & Country.
Above: At the 13.5-acre Hamptons estate that actor Neil Patrick Harris bought last month, a symmetrical row of lollipop trees creates order at the approach to the swimming pool. Photograph via Town & Country.

Kristen Wiig: Take It Outside

In LA, actress and comedian Kristen Wiig created an outdoor living room on a terrace; the house is for sale for \$\2.395 million. Photograph via Zillow.
Above: In LA, actress and comedian Kristen Wiig created an outdoor living room on a terrace; the house is for sale for $2.395 million. Photograph via Zillow.

For more film-worthy gardens, see:

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