Square limestone pavers set on sand contrasts with the decomposed granite used for this garden behind a townhome in San Francisco. The project by St. John Landscapes, based in Berkeley, Calif., won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designer award.
Classic design elements result in a fresh, modern look in this original concept by Pool Environments. The clay color scheme is achieved through the similarly toned porcelain tile, Leuder Limestone coping and the wok planters along the left edge. Four inch channels filled with Mexican beach pebbles subtly divide the surface area into large stepping pads for additional visual interest.
Just because you live in the heart of the city doesn’t mean you can’t commune with nature every day. This green approach to urban terraces from The Artist Garden is one inspired idea that brings together a variety of colors and shapes with columnar oaks, coleus and impatiens set off against the beauty of Ipe wood and limestone flooring.
In the backyard of this midcentury modern home, planter boxes line the windows and the landscaping is kept simple, yet elegant. Limestone decking leads the way to the narrow, elongated pool complete with lounge chairs and a spa for relaxing and enjoying the view.