The plantings change with seasons and attract wildlife like butterflies and bees. The designer used plants with yellow, whites and grays that can reflect light in the evening. It also used some evergreen perennials and architectural grasses for winter interest. The lower paved area and the long cement planter are in permanent shade and the area by the grass is super sunny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This modern backyard oasis provides the ideal spot for outdoor entertaining, pairing together natural wood planks and polished concrete. Lush plants line the space providing a soft accent, while a stainless steel grill and countertop area offer an area for food preparation.
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 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 rooftop deck of this modern California home overlooks a stunning view. Colorful outdoor chairs tie in with the home's multicolored exterior, which features shades of pink, yellow and teal. Modern metal rails provide unobstructed views of the surrounding hills.
This garden's design was influenced by its original state. It originally was a cement pit full of gravel. To minimize the excavation of gravel, the designers created two levels: an Ipe deck with Synlawn grass on the upper level and a blue stone area with a waterfall/pond on the lower level. Breaking up levels made the garden visually bigger and engaging.
The owners of this Arizona property wanted an elegant and modern outdoor space that related architecturally to their house and would be used for entertaining in a gallery-like setting. The two large sculptures were pieces the owners had in storage, and they were incorporated into the award-winning design by landscape architect Steve Martino.