Small Urban Courtyard with Easy-Maintenance Plants, Fountain and Seating Area
To fill out a small outdoor space, look for easy-maintenance plants that look good though the seasons. For an Atlanta courtyard, Cultivators Design and Landscape used sedums, bamboo and acorus grass, which are hardy and easy to grow, says landscape architect and owner Derrick Lepard.
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.
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.
The party's at your house when it comes with a way cool rooftop deck like this one. The large blue sectional mimics the blue sky and offers everyone in the crowd a choice seat with a choice urban view.
Brick Urban Home Exterior With Black Iron Rail Balcony Over Concrete Ground Level Porch
Black framework creates a beautiful contemporary look over the neutral stucco and brick of this home exterior. A spacious and relaxing balcony acts as a cover over the ground level porch creating open and covered outdoor sitting space. A line of shrubbery borders the sidewalk to mark the home perimeter.
This neutral townhouse stands apart from its neighbors with a neutral painted exterior, stained beadboard porch ceiling and a modern outdoor chandelier. Just beyond the white porch railing sits two wicker rocking chairs, perfect for relaxing and taking in the city views.
Small Urban Courtyard with Water Feature and Orange Accessories
Play off the color of a dominant feature to make your accessory purchases worth every dollar. In this Atlanta courtyard, Cultivators Design and Landscape chose orange accessories since they match the color of the fountain cube and don't detract from the water feature.
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.