Townhouse Balcony Makes for Perfect Sunset-Watching Spot
Aonghus, an English Bulldog, enjoys the late afternoon sunlight on the balcony at his family's townhome in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta. A string of lights and a comfortable outdoor-quality love seat make it the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the downtown skyline.
A modern waterfall adds to the city sights on a rooftop garden in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. The project, by Aaron Andrew McIntire and the Gunn Landscape Architecture team, won a gold award in the 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers' International Landscape Design Awards.
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.
Outdoor living doesn't get more extraordinary than this: The penthouse comes complete with two massive, landscaped and irrigated terraces that offer panoramic views north, south, east and west with large entertaining spaces and a one-of-a-kind elevated planter system.
Durable Trex decking mimics true wood on this simple rooftop living space. Wired cedar, juniper and boxwoods, as well as spiraling topiary shapes, give a nod to a classic English garden from the middle of the city.
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.
This comely garden setting in this small home's backyard shows how careful planning can produce an outstanding design. K&D Landscape Management used unusual wood fencing material for the pergola and to line the perimeter of the yard and added colorful small and large scale plants for balance and interest. A well-conceived lighting plan, as seen here, produces a dramatic effect.
Stepped wooden planters and a mix of grasses, boxwoods and evergreens make this urban deck feel lush and layered. The contemporary architecture and two-toned decking add visual interest, while the landscaping adds height and privacy to the outdoor space.
This urban backyard is made for entertaining and relaxation! The grass is actually artificial turf, so you never have to worry about mowing. Lounge on colorful cushions on the patio, or sit on the outdoor furniture under strings of lights. Plenty of plants and trees make for a lush outdoor oasis.