This outdoor terrace and living room has a spectacular view of National Harbor, Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC. Live trees, fountain grass and small displays of succulents bring life and greenery to the space. Bold, colorful fabric is used for cushions on a traditional outdoor settee and chairs. A floral indoor-outdoor rug is the centerpiece of the furniture grouping.
In the uphill residential area of Paradiso, Switzerland, this luxury duplex-penthouse offers a private rooftop terrace with amazing views of the hillside. The glass railing provides an unobstructed view of the city, while the large, potted plants make the space feel like an open air museum.
Urban Patio with Low-Maintenance Plants and Pergola
Using plants with low water use and low maintenance requirements are cost effective while providing color, movement and textures, says Patricia St. John with St. John Landscapes. Succulents, burgundy Cordylines, variegated plants and evergreen vines provide contrasting colors and textures, without the use of flowering plants. This project was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award winner.
Urban Patio With Dining Area and Hot Tub Featuring Brick Red Fabrics and Colorful Plants
In the backyard of a garden apartment, designer Elizabeth S. Vaughan worked to add personality, using items that are easy to take along in a move. “Clients love when we add garden oddities like the bronze rabbit lantern on the steps,” she says. Note, also, the varied container plantings and color-coordinated chair cushions and umbrella.
Urban Patio With Wood Privacy Fence and Dark Brown Wicker Sectional
Rather than pay to remove the unsightly metal fence from her Chicago apartment patio, Erica Lugbill of Lugbill Designs covered it up with stained and pressure-treated lumber. The horizontal panels create privacy that the pre-existing metal fence didn’t offer. Red chairs provide a fun pop of color against the brown and gray tones of the patio.
An artful array of colorful plantings burst from vessels large and small, creating a peaceful spot to relax in the midst of the city. Woven seating has a stylish rubbed gold finish, and a modern accent table is a functional spot to set a drink while enjoying this urban oasis.
This charming garden patio sits just off the kitchen and feels blissfully tucked away from the city's busy-ness. With a grill and a dining table, it's also the ideal place for spring and summer entertaining.
Barefoot in the Park: Added Square Footage With a Rooftop Lawn
The owners of this New York penthouse apartment added overall square footage to their home by creating a rooftop entertaining spot. The concrete planter houses low maintenance shrubs and the synthetic turf feels great on bare feet.