Pollinator-Friendly Terrace Has San Francisco Landmark Views
The Cloud Terrace at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase offers a nearly 180-degree view of San Francisco's top sights, including San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Landscape architect Chih-Wei G.V. Chang added purple walls lined by pollinator friendly flowers to invite hummingbirds and bees to share in the otherwise private view.
Purple Flower-Filled Terrace With City Views of San Francisco
The 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase home includes a purple rooftop terrace with a nearly 180-degree view of San Francisco's top sights. Landscape architect Chih-Wei G.V. Chang added purple walls lined by pollinator friendly flowers to invite hummingbirds and bees to share in the view.
Both culinary and medicinal herbs look fabulous in upcycled containers, baskets and containers such as small boots. Group herbs with similar water and sun needs together, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. For example, drought-tolerant Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, green onions and marjoram are perfect bed partners. These attractive planters also make great edible gifts.
Red Brick Pavilion With Slate Roof, Gravel Walkway and Wrought Iron Outdoor Furniture
Thin trees hug the red brick columns of this garden pavilion. A pointed roof shades the stone tile floor and black wrought iron furniture. A gravel walkway leading to the pavilion is framed with a brick border making a clean and organized line against the grass.
This outdoor garden at the Weingart Center in Los Angeles features a pebble concrete walkway leading to a three-tier garden fountain. Raised beds line either side of the walkway and provide a spot for greenery and trees with vibrant purple leaves.
Winds tunneling through high rises and neighborhoods can be damaging and drying. Adjust watering as needed and provide supports for tall plants or decorative fencing/screening as a wind break, says Melinda Myers, an urban gardener.
Chip Wade advises planting in containers of various heights in the garden to avoid a too symmetrical, matchy-matchy look. And here's a cool tip: the big new trend is to plant trees in containers. To avoid having your tree outgrow its container or having to overwinter inside, Wade knocks out the bottom of his container and plants the tree directly in the ground.