Molten gold planters are fitting for a garden Howard Hughes once owned, don’t you think? Garden designer Kathleen Ferguson added glamor and just the right amount of glitz to the Old Hollywood hacienda (and created play spaces for her clients’ four children).
Built in 1926 for wealthy Hollywood widow Eva Fudger, the Spanish Colonial estate sprawls over nearly three-quarters of an acre. Its location next door to the Wilshire Country Club attracted avid golfer Hughes, who rented the house for an exorbitant sum–$1,000 a month–before buying it for $115,000 in 1929, on the eve of his 24th birthday and shortly after his wife filed for divorce.
Hughes vacated in 1942. By the time current owners Ash and Niroupa Shah bought the Hancock Park property in 2011 for $6.3 million, the house needed updating–and the garden needed more. “It needed a complete overhaul,” says Ferguson. “We moved hedges from the back area to the front. We put in new lawn. An existing eugenia hedge was planted next to ficus. So we pulled out the ficus and used it in another area.”