An Edwardian home in Corona Heights presents us new challenges and design opportunities. Our clients were seeking a classic yet modern garden that invited them and their guests to explore and more fully utilize their outdoor space. We began by selectively removing stone from a narrow existing side patio. This created an opening for a small tree and a separated basalt stepping stone path that visually leads to the rear yard. A Seiryu Maple adds the perfect shade of green at eye level, and will in time create a light canopy above the patio to soften the multistory vertical walls. Views from a second floor porch reveal ledgetop plantings nestled above the side patio. Out back evergreen screening, grasses and mixed perennials surround a gravel sitting area with firepit. Completing the circle, a small porch leads to the formal living space, with an intimate view of the adjacent rear garden.