This tiny courtyard garden is a patio within a larger common yard. Designers helped it feel private and unique with a series of container gardens and a green living wall. Small-scale furniture makes it possible to squeeze in both a sitting and dining area.
This urban roof deck cleverly incorporates structural details, like pipes and vents, into its overall design. Here, tall exhaust pipes were wrapped in aluminum frames and cedar boards. The resulting look mimics the city's skyscrapers.
An outdoor dining table makes it easy to entertain under the stars and bright lights of Chicago on this urban rooftop deck. Ceramic planters and wooden container gardens offer privacy while adding a lively touch to the outdoor living space.
Container-grown plantings are your friend when adding greenery to a terrace or balcony. “When you use typical landscape plants in pots or containers you’ll see them very differently than when they are planted in the ground,” says landscape designer Jeffery Erb. “You’ll see all the details up close and notice textures, vein patterns, the colors on the undersides of the leaves and more. So I like to use a minimal selection of plants in a small terrace or patio because it creates a more calm and serene environment — just what we need in the chaos of a city.” Erb advises choosing slow-growing cultivars that won’t outgrow their pots too quickly.
For this small urban home, K&D Landscape Management used over-sized plants in this garden enclosure to balance the larger scale patio furniture and wood fencing materials used in the design. Colorful plants and urns were placed strategically around the garden for a lovely and inviting presentation.