Around Southern California, landscape designer Scott Shrader is known for civilized, amenity-filled gardens tailor-made for life outside. At his own home — a 1,600-square-foot Regency-style cottage in West Hollywood — Shrader transformed a cramped, 24-by-45-foot brick-and-concrete backyard into three intimate rooms.
Agave ‘Red Margin’ borders the water feature, which is made from sheet bronze. The stone element in the background is a reclaimed French post, juxtaposed on its right with a boxwood globe and a wooden seat. The large-leafed Begonia ‘Lotusland’ is a prized possession: It was hybridized by Rudy Ziesenhenne for Madame Walska, the founder of the Lotusland garden, and has been in Shrader’s collection for a decade.