Modern Urban Garden with Cement Wall, Waterfall and Climbing Vines
The waterfall is a focal point in this modern, urban garden. The designer wanted to show the passage of seasons and wanted the existing concrete wall, which seems like a massive bunker, to be part of nature. There are multiple vines, including English ivy and Chinese and American wisteria, on either side of the waterfall.
The garden is 22 feet below street level and looked like a massive bunker because of cement walls. The designers did not cover or paint the cement walls and added polished concrete planters to refine the outdoor space. Semi-evergreen bamboo and English Ivy cover some of the space.
Hard-lined geometric planters are softened with softly textured native grasses and vibrant succulent varieties that either drape over planter walls or act as sculptural pieces, which complement the architecture. The walls throughout the site not only aid in creating more usable space, but absorb the sun’s heat during the day and radiate it out in the cooler coastal evenings.
Challenges included the below-ground garden, cement walls, unmovable A/C pipes and a massive concrete pad that hides the dry well. The cement walls have a interesting way of reflecting light and fit with the modern structure.
Modern City Rooftop with Lounge Chairs and Sleek Containers
A chaise lounge area is one of three distinct spaces on a modern rooftop terrace in the city. The penthouse's outdoor space also includes sleek, all-weather containers with drought-tolerant plants that can withstand wind and sun, and decorative elements such as patterned pillows, a striped rug and a throw.
Mod red planks on the floor of this rooftop deck set the stage for a streamlined, stylish space that invites hours of conversation while enjoying the sweeping view. A fun mix of seating includes a bench for dining and a bright blue modern lounge chair.
The garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 leads to a final vignette, designed by Kate Webster and Thayer Hopkins, to inspire and encourage reflection. A brick path draws the eye toward the abstract, mirrored sculpture that reflects light and creates the illusion that the pillars are also decorated with the flowers.
Modern Penthouse Rooftop with Dining Area and Chaise Lounges
A dining area with a grill and table join a seating area with chaise lounges on a modern penthouse's rooftop terrace. Sleek containers surround the space and hold drought-tolerant and wind- and sun-resistant plants and trees. The plants and accessories, such as rugs and pillows, add color and pattern.
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.
Modern Garden with Cement Planter, Bluestone and Seating
A circular seating area reflects the garden's lower level design. The designer embraced the cement walls and added polished concrete planters. The bluestone paved area and the long cement planter are in permanent shade, so the planting consists of plants that can grow in the shade environment. The area by the grass is super sunny and required plants that thrive in those conditions.
Modern Rooftop Container Garden with Skyline Views
These sleek containers are tall enough to hold flowers and plants and create some privacy without blocking the skyline views. The all-weather containers are placed around the modern urban rooftop terrace. The designer chose sun-, drought- and wind-tolerant plants.