A contemporary outdoor living space uses glass walls so as not to ubstruct the urban landscape. A contemporary sectional is used for seating, while the outdoor kitchen area has a grill and bar area for dining.
Durable Trex decking mimics true wood on this simple rooftop living space. Wired cedar, juniper and boxwoods, as well as spiraling topiary shapes, give a nod to a classic English garden from the middle of the city.
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.”
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.
A modern waterfall adds to the city sights on a rooftop garden in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. The project, by Aaron Andrew McIntire and the Gunn Landscape Architecture team, won a gold award in the 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers' International Landscape Design Awards.
A once-bare, tiny yard behind a row house in Brooklyn, N.Y., now features a canopy of plants, such as crepe myrtles and camellias. Landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh planted trees that naturally cool the garden terrace and house and created a bird habitat. The new paving is mica schist, which is arranged in a pattern that mimics logs flowing down a river. The garden was a 2015 ASLA award winner.
It is important for outdoor spaces to be an aesthetic object for the visual senses, says Nicolas Lee, who won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects honor award as a student at Harvard. This Atlanta condo terrace features plantings maintained by the complex. The millennial condo owner has also invested in a container plant.
Pollution is another aspect of safe food gardening in high traffic areas. Barrier planting may need to be installed as a screen to filter airborne heavy metals and toxic chemicals away from food gardens, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. In the Atlanta condo terrace, Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. designed the landscaping.
The Brooklyn neighborhood Williamsburg is home to this luxury apartment building, designed by architect Piet Boon and built in 2016. Near the East River, the apartments have spectacular views of New York City's urban landscape
The stone on the home is extended onto the patio. Stone containers with evergreen hedges match the rounded hedges in the landscape. The landscape design is simple, yet elegant and matches the home perfectly.
Vegetables, herbs and greens are grown around the deck of a San Francisco garden that slopes 8 feet from the back door and is bordered by apartments. St. John Landscapes used succulents, variegated plants, Burgundy cordyline, evergreen vines that contrast with the ground cover border and evergreen grasses, for the APLD award-winning project.
Give millennials a rooftop and kitchen, and they'll gather. This rooftop courtyard in San Francisco is equipped with a community table and outdoor kitchen. Perennial herbs and small LED lights adorn the area. The American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 award-winning project is by Fletcher Studio.
Because New York City has fire regulations specifying the amount of SYNLawn artificial grass an occupant may use, the landscapers made an efficient choice by placing a simple children's play area atop a bed of the grassy stand-in. Children can play in this Soho backyard while adults enjoy a beautiful day outside in the pergola only a few feet away.