Outdoor, Back Yard, Gardens, Shrubs, Grass, Hardscapes, Walkways, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Raised Planters Near the house, Cooper clustered lush, big-leafed plants philodendron, purple heart, and flowering canna. Farther out, vegetable gardens sprout in raised beds, and thyme and mint thrive beneath citrus trees. Native California silver wild rye and matilija poppies bind the slope, bordering the low “snake wall” that winds around the yard, narrowly ducking beneath a big ficus tree with just enough clearance for a sprinting kid. Wide stadium steps connect the garden levels, turning the steep hillside into amphitheater seating.  Best Photos from A Fresh Dose of Color Livens Up This Midcentury Los Angeles Home