This house is a classic cottage located on a secluded, wooded street below street level. The goal with this project was to create a garden that fit the East Coast feel of the house while allowing plants to flourish in the Southern California climate. Looking to Mediterranean- adaptive species, we went with a plant pallet consisting of deep green foliage with white and purple flowers. We added Purple-leaved Eastern Redbud trees to provide contrast with the other deep-green foliage used in the project. These deciduous trees also help moderate the temperature in and around the house as they leaf out in the heat of summer, shading the patio and front rooms of the house. When the trees lose their leaves in the winter, more sun is allowed in to warm the patio and help heat the home.