I came upon this garden in Palo Alto. In a neighborhood full of flawless, designed gardens this one was a jolt to the senses. The gardener told me this garden came together over the past ten years. Crowded, exuberant plantings full of found objects and sculptures from galleries long gone. Southern inspiration came in the form of several large bottle trees, and lots of “bottle shrubs.” The detail of both the plantings and the objects was staggering: tiny plants are tucked into every possible space between larger ones and epiphytes into the tree branches. A winding pathway around the large scale tropicals anchoring the beds give the structure.