This comely garden setting in this small home's backyard shows how careful planning can produce an outstanding design. K&D Landscape Management used unusual wood fencing material for the pergola and to line the perimeter of the yard and added colorful small and large scale plants for balance and interest. A well-conceived lighting plan, as seen here, produces a dramatic effect.
This small urban landscape design for the entry of a 1920s hillside house incorporates an eclectic mix of plantings with contemporary hardscape design using bluestone and pebbles. A custom-designed interpretation of the old carriage house doors updated the look while respecting the integrity of the architecture. The space is completed by a fountain which provides a welcoming presence for people as well as hummingbirds.
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.
As with all city gardens, space is at a premium, and in planning a great design, sometimes we are stuck with an eyesore. For this project, the landscapers at K&D Landscape Management built an outdoor pergola to mitigate the obtrusiveness of an structure that had to remain intact. With their magic wand, they transformed this piece into an attractive backdrop for the owners' outdoor grill, using the same fencing material that encloses the property.
A sliding aluminum gate opens to a courtyard with a dining area. The artistry of the design by Matthew Cunningham, winner of a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award, matches the style of the urban courtyard, which also features western red cedar fencing.
Low-maintenance landscaping and artificial turf groundcover create a lush green space on this urban rooftop deck. A combination of planters and container gardens are integrated into the contemporary design, giving guests a variety of foliage to admire both indoors and out.
Even small urban spaces can incorporate water features. This Minneapolis backyard is only 27-by-64 feet, but the landscape plan by Southview Design carved out space for a water fountain created with slabs of stacked New York bluestone. The overall yard won an award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
The contained nature of a small urban courtyard gives you a huge opportunity to bring in a cool feature. Cultivators Design and Landscape purchased the orange container and retro-fitted a fountain around it for a custom industrial fountain. A fountain also can be cheaper than a waterfall. You can re-create the look as a DIY project using a garden pot you already own or hunting at yard sales.
Classic bungalow appeal with a modern twist and thoughtful landscaping gives this home a contemporary look that sets the stage for the rest of the home’s urban style. “The bungalow lifestyle is set back into nature and it’s cozy,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
Even on an open terrace in a city setting, it’s possible to create a feeling of intimacy. Here, designer Magdalena Keck used perimeter plantings — a combination of evergreens and climbers in simple wood boxes — to soften the edges of the space and block exterior views. “We chose glass and steel for the furnishings to echo the city structures,” she says, “and to connect the inside of the apartment with the urban landscape outside.”
Harvard design students Carly Augustine and Nicolas Lee suggest in their rendering how the outdoors could be experienced within and around the home. With the shift to urban life, millennials are living in smaller, more condensed spaces, many times without private outdoor space, so their views of private/public indoor/outdoor are shifting, Augustine says. Their project won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award.