This garden around a ranch-style house was mostly concrete, located on a steep, sloping, narrow lot. It was completely changed by the owners; first, they mapped out pathways and flow with emphasis on focal points seen from the house and other viewpoints on the property. A galvanized steel stock tank has been recycled to become a circular pond. They used a simple palette of materials, including basalt for the retaining walls, pea gravel for the paths, and galvanized corrugated metal for the fence.The stock tank is filled with water flowers such as lotus and water lilies in the summer months. A collection of different sized containers is united visually because all are brown, planted with succulents including aloes and agave. The cluster of gradating heights provides a focal point at the entryway.One third of the garden is dedicated to food production.