This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
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.
A stacked stone water fountain is the focal point in this backyard garden. Below, large pavers surround a small pond leading to an elevated terrace. The multi-level yard allows for fun and intriguing travel through the lush landscaping.
The captivating pool and Polynesian roofed terrace provides a delightful focal point for the home, which is beautifully positioned within lush landscaped gardens approximately 500 feet above sea level on a 0.8-acre hillside promontory.
The south elevation of this Montecito, Calif., estate showcases a beautiful terrace of herringbone brick walkways and turquoise reflecting pools. The gardens provide a tranquil atmosphere while water transports through narrow, shallow channels that are terraced to create cooling water.
From the upper terrace, a quaint limestone path and steps slips beneath the canopy of large existing trees to an urban shade garden featuring magnificent globe boxwood clusters, Oakleaf hydrangeas, perennials, and groundcover. The path leads past a bubbler fountain centered on the window of the workout room.
Adjacent to the petit salon, this limestone terrace has been transformed into a Tuscan fantasy garden with rolling hills and trees of varying heights. The landscape not only adds a refreshing touch of green to an otherwise urban setting, but also creates a forced perspective for the viewer.