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
Sting: Drought Tolerant
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
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
Katharine Hepburn: Consider Curb Appeal
Neil Patrick Harris: Savor Symmetry
Kristen Wiig: Take It Outside
For more film-worthy gardens, see:
- Grand Tour: An Insider’s 9 Favorite English Gardens.
- Steal This Look: Michelle Obama’s White House Garden.
- A Dowager Duchess’ Glorious Masterpiece.
- At the Movies: The Drama of Slow Gardening.