Built-in planter boxes made of redwood give a young family easy access to vegetable and herbs in their backyard, surrounded by two- and three-story apartment buildings in San Francisco. The project by St John Landscapes won a 2015 award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
These aren’t your grandmother’s garden mums! Dress your outdoor spaces with the newest in garden mums: trailing Skyfall garden mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium). The flowers open to reveal petite daisy-like blossoms that beckon late season pollinators. Create your own autumn fest by hanging baskets of mixed Skyfall garden mum varieties, including yellow, white and pink. Purchase baskets that are fully budded and just starting to open flowers to make sure you get the color you want. Then sit back and enjoy the floral fireworks as buds burst.
Wide, staggered pockets and a built-in irrigation drip in this vertical greenwall blanket make hanging and grouping plants of all sizes easy. The 70-inch by 70-inch blanket by designer Jamie Durie attaches to fence or wall and has a waterproof backing to minimize water contact on the wall.
This lush green garden with a gorgeous mix of trees, shrubs and flowering plants creates depth, making the most of texture and color. White bench seating sits in the shade, providing a comfortable spot to take in the garden's full beauty.
The rear terrace is framed by stone balustrades with decorative urns, leading to an inviting swimming pool. The line of the terrace is continued with the use of a linear hedge to further define the garden's spaces.
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.
A small space is a great place for a vertical garden, and this one cost less than $10. Design blogger Alaya Sheardon used a crib frame that was headed for the dumpster. She found pails for $1 each and poked holes into the bottom to help drain water. She hung the cans from shower curtain hooks (the pack were on sale for $5). The frame was spray painted white.
King Tut dwarf Egyptian papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) adds a touch of the tropics—and Dr. Seuss-like fun—to any garden. Grow it in a pot, planting bed, water garden or stream-side planting. It loves moisture, but take care not to submerge the crown or growing point. Keep it in water just a few inches deep. Papyrus grows quickly, and the more moisture that’s available, the faster it grows. Plants reach 18 to 30 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 9-11. In cold zones, overwinter plants in pots indoors through winter.
A modern roof deck overlooks a hilly desert landscape, and a small container garden houses native plants. Because the homeowner is a professor of environmental studies, the house is a teaching tool and example to his students of sustainable architecture. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
Sculpted Shrubbery and Flower Beds Divide the Swimming Pool and Bocce Court in a La Jolla Garden
A sunken bocce court is separated from the swimming pool in the backyard garden of this La Jolla, California, garden home by a curated blend of topiary, shrubbery, and beds of wildflowers. The once overgrown garden maintains its wild origins while remaining classically styled. In the background multicolored stonework walls are broken up, adding depth, color, and texture to the environment.