This garden in the Mill Valley, CA, was created with love to symmetry by Ken and Jean Victor Linsteadt. What is surprising—and makes the garden particularly charming—is how cheerfully the couple also chose to undermine the visual effect of that perfect symmetry: they encouraged the plants to be messy! Beans are taking over an arbor in the kitchen garden, a hedge of lavender is creeping over a wall. Climbing roses are running amok and threatening to overthrow the back fence – what a brilliant idea to play on the contrast! Four pencil-thin cypress trees line a central staircase that bisects the terraces, reinforcing the impression of a grid layout. Potted plants are trained on metal tuteurs that echo the vertical shape of the cypress trees. This garden is a beautiful example of symmetry highlighted with messy plants, get more inspiration below!