The Cactus and Succulent Garden at Isabel Marant

8454 Melrose Place

The plant life in California is otherworldly.  I don't walk around as much here as I did in New York but, when I do, I find myself stopping to marvel at front yard landscapes that feature cacti and succulents. Things that look like the kind of aloe plants you'd grow on your windowsill are as big as bushes and things that look like flowers have hardy, sculptural "petals". My favorite little nook is the garden right outside of the Isabel Marant boutique, a green oasis bursting with botanical forms of different sizes, shapes, and textures. I like to have a seat on one of the tree stumps when I need a shady break from the urban jungle that is L.A.