The owners of this New York penthouse apartment added overall square footage to their home by creating a rooftop entertaining spot. The concrete planter houses low maintenance shrubs and the synthetic turf feels great on bare feet.
An artful array of colorful plantings burst from vessels large and small, creating a peaceful spot to relax in the midst of the city. Woven seating has a stylish rubbed gold finish, and a modern accent table is a functional spot to set a drink while enjoying this urban oasis.
A screen adds coziness to an outdoor area, and this prefab screen is cheaper than a custom one. It's only on one side of the patio and is topped with an smaller "eyebrow" arbor. St. John Landscapes also saved costs by using low-water, low-maintenance plantings in the award-winning San Francisco backyard project.
A Restoration Hardware outdoor table with seating for 12 provides a chic spot to take in the view from 23 stories above Los Angeles. Custom botanicals and potted plants add a lively pop of color to this 1,200-square-foot balcony.
In the backyard of a garden apartment, designer Elizabeth S. Vaughan worked to add personality, using items that are easy to take along in a move. “Clients love when we add garden oddities like the bronze rabbit lantern on the steps,” she says. Note, also, the varied container plantings and color-coordinated chair cushions and umbrella.
This New York City patio desperately needed privacy. Lifestyle blogger Anna Osgoodby’s budget-friendly solution was to attach an affordable (less than $50) mesh windscreen to her chain link fence using a bit of twine.
Rather than pay to remove the unsightly metal fence from her Chicago apartment patio, Erica Lugbill of Lugbill Designs covered it up with stained and pressure-treated lumber. The horizontal panels create privacy that the pre-existing metal fence didn’t offer. Red chairs provide a fun pop of color against the brown and gray tones of the patio.
Using plants with low water use and low maintenance requirements are cost effective while providing color, movement and textures, says Patricia St. John with St. John Landscapes. Succulents, burgundy Cordylines, variegated plants and evergreen vines provide contrasting colors and textures, without the use of flowering plants. This project was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award winner.
This outdoor terrace and living room has a spectacular view of National Harbor, Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC. Live trees, fountain grass and small displays of succulents bring life and greenery to the space. Bold, colorful fabric is used for cushions on a traditional outdoor settee and chairs. A floral indoor-outdoor rug is the centerpiece of the furniture grouping.
For this small urban home, K&D Landscape Management used over-sized plants in this garden enclosure to balance the larger scale patio furniture and wood fencing materials used in the design. Colorful plants and urns were placed strategically around the garden for a lovely and inviting presentation.