For side garden? Glorious Garden Paths : Create Motion Run bricks, pavers, or other materials in a wavy pattern to create interest and give your pathway a sense of movement as you walk through the landscape.
A gorgeous combination of golden poppies, red poppies, valley violet, and I don't know what those whites are -- use Santa Barbara daisies? You can put the California fuchsia in the back for better variety of flower type.
uh well, not sure how to transform this for a SoCal climate.'Brimming with plants that attract bees and other beneficial critters, the insectary garden at Benziger vineyards is as well tended as the wine grapes.