Planted in undulating ribbons for visual interest, this spectacular garden is a beautiful marriage of colors, shapes and textures for a long-lasting impact. Created by Linda Bresler, owner of Living Designs by Linda, it won the 2012 Grand Prize organized by San Diego Home & Garden and was voted Garden of the Year. No wonder it won this prestigious prize. This garden is a spectacular tapestry that weaves together succulents and other drought-tolerant plants. It is great-looking all year around, even when the plants are not in bloom, since the focus was laid on foliage - and blooms were regarded as a bonus.

A curved pathway with asymmetrical pavers winds through the garden, flanked by green 'Elfin' thyme. On each side are curved beds where bold plants like dark Aeonium 'Zwartkop' or luminous Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' (Fire Sticks) draw attention. They are emphasized throughout the garden, often clustered for impact.

Contrasting with the green foliage of Aloe barbadensis (Barbados Aloe), Aloe nobilis (Golden Toothed Aloe) or the silvery-green rosettes of Agave attenuata (Fox Tail Agave), the garden beds are sparkling with bright red Kalanchoe luciae (Paddle Plant), crimson-tipped Echeverias, scarlet dwarf Callistemon viminalis 'Little John' (Bottlebrush) and sunny Aeonium 'Sunburnt'.

They are underplanted with rivers of cool Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalk Stick), hot-colored Crassula capitella 'Campfire', or brilliant Sedum × rubrotinctum (Stonecrop), which flow through and around the beds.

A relatively easy to maintain and waterwise garden.