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Small City Garden

The overall design for this city garden has a rhythmic movement, which comes from the composition of forms, the billowy sway of the plants in the breeze and light bouncing off the reflected surfaces. The garden is designed to engage the viewer as participant in a trans-formative place, even if the journey they choose is purely visual.

Michele Lee Willson Photography

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pvilliger wrote:
Stain? - What was the stain and wood used? Thanks
   Comment   October 26, 2013
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Beautiful garden, thanks for sharing. Can you please tell me where I could purchase the orbs. Thanks much
December 1, 2013 at 3:06PM   
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jillybean330 wrote:
furniture, trees - Where is the furniture from and what are the tallest trees? Thank you!
   Comment   June 24, 2012
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I believe the furniture came from DWR and the trees are Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum'
August 24, 2012 at 2:33PM     
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splourde wrote:
Is that poured concrete or limestone?
   Comment   May 16, 2012
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The photo kind of washed is out, but it is a limestone.
June 18, 2012 at 9:13AM     
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lauren4 wrote:
Landscap fire bowl - Where can this fire bowl, pit, table, not sure hat you would call it be purchased
   Comment   April 25, 2012
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It is exactly what I am looking for. Really beautiflul Design!
April 25, 2012 at 9:36AM   
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April 25, 2012 at 9:48AM   
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dpatefield wrote:
grasses - What kind of grasses are these? Thank you.
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The bushy one on the right is Carex tumulicola.
I believe the grasses in the front are Stipa arundinacea
And the grasses in the center are Chondropetalum tectorum
April 25, 2012 at 9:09AM   
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Thank you so much for your timely response!...
April 26, 2012 at 9:02AM   
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Julie Powers Design wrote:
What are you using to contain the river rocks?
   Comment   April 22, 2012
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Thank you for your response. It's greatly appreciated and makes me a believer again!
August 24, 2012 at 4:38PM   
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looks like cor-ten steel (weathering steel). I love it!
October 15, 2012 at 9:05AM   
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Gregory Haynes wrote:
What type of tree is that in the back?
   Comment   April 6, 2011
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Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum'
August 24, 2012 at 2:36PM   
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Janice Garcia wrote:
where to find the metallic sphere? up to 4 feet diameter?
   Comment   February 7, 2011
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thank you. Anyone know of a place to get larger size spheres?
February 8, 2011 at 11:32AM   
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albolender wrote:
What are the steps made of on the pathways - What are the steps made of on the pathways?
   Comment   April 14, 2014

What Houzz contributors are saying:

A table height concrete firepit positions the flame at eye level and makes an attractive focal point when kicking back in comfy patio furniture. When not lit up, it can be used as a table.
Annie Thornton added this to Inside Out: Designs to Move a Party Outside
A majority of fire pits today are gas, so there is no hassle building the fire. And if you use concrete logs or other nonflammable material instead of wood, there is no smoke. This is great not only for your lungs, but also for the environment. See more fire pit ideas.
Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Modern Garden Style
Geometric shapes as well as concrete and gravel are hallmarks of contemporary design. These pavers, with their alternating lengths, create interesting movement within the space while still leading to the fire pit focal point at the end of the yard. Grasses soften the look without overpowering the space or looking too frilly. Dark furniture with a contemporary look is unobtrusive enough to almost recede into the fence line.
Debra Prinzing added this to Garden Design Essentials: Unity and Variety
The idea of contrast is expressed in this attractive outdoor living room. The smooth bands of poured-in-place concrete contrast nicely with the surrounding pebble and gravel mulch and the trio of reflective orbs. There is unity in the palette: The chocolate-brown furniture reflects the similarly dark fence; the plants are mostly green and grassy. The overall mood here is serenity and harmony.

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Sheila Rosart added this to Mid Century Modern Ideas for Stanford Drive House
outdoor fire pit, but we could do more contemp pit with color options
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August 23, 2014
clean lines, fence/color, stone and pebbles
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Firepit with Conversation area
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Urban Artichoke Fine Gardening and Design added this to Mediterranean Gardens
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Interesting ultra modern look. Personally, I could do without the metallic spheres...
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Geometric shapes as well as concrete and gravel are hallmarks of contemporary design. These pavers, with their alternating lengths, create interesting movement within the space while still leading to the fire pit focal point at the end of the yard. Grasses soften the look without overpowering the space or looking too frilly. Dark furniture with a contemporary look is unobtrusive enough to almost recede into the fence line.
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nice grasses, showcase trees, rectangle step stones
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fence to screen telephone pole, make it a room
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Fire pit
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July 11, 2014
Gravel, concrete, rocks.
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Fire pit and patio
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Combo fire pit and table.
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Side yard
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June 28, 2014
fire pit, alternative to gravel
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June 21, 2014
Very zen, can you have fire?
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June 20, 2014
Relaxing idea
Melissa Collins added this to Patio Ideas
June 17, 2014
dark brown fence
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columns of stones
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Outdoor Firepit
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June 7, 2014
May be too busy
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Fire pit area
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Like the geometric design (rectangles, cube, spheres)
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May 27, 2014
Modern fire pit and inviting yard
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Plant/Concrete/stone/mulch combination
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May 27, 2014
Modern design for Darley. Cut garden into sections with this 'hide-out'
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river rock with gravel & concrete slab
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Fire pit area
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fireplace, mix of materials
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No decking
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Arterra LLP Landscape Architects The bushy one on the right is Carex tumulicola. I believe the grasses in the front are Stipa arundinacea And the grasses in the center are Chondropetalum tectorum.
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May 1, 2014
But with black/dk. gray pavers and white rocks. Also, different size paver contrast.
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pavers and grass
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fire pit with concrete pavers, stones in between and then gravel and grasses
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Cool fire pit
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different lengths of the concrete
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mixing stone slabs with pebbles and grasses, chair and fire pit
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private area
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some of the grassy plants
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cozy quality - chairs look inviting
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March 8, 2014
the steps and rocks and contrast between the different rocks used.
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Outdoor ideas
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גינת אבנים
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For side yard
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The yard
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Slabs and pebbles for front of house
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I'm including this not for the sitting area and fire pit, but for the plantings and paving detail. Choosing fewer types of plants and arranging them in straight lines and doing mass plantings is the idea here.
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February 19, 2014
the look
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DWR furniture
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Pavé linéaire.
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Tree in the back
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inspiration for landscaping
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carex tumulicola
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January 25, 2014
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Rock garden
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backyard idea
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Stones and tiles
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fire pit seating area
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different flooring materials
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Simple plans
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November 21, 2013
Perched on a hill, this patio is the perfect spot for an inset firepit, which offers clean lines and unobstructed views. Drew Sivgals of AMS Landscapes says a gas-fueled firepit is the best alternative in Southern California, where wood burning types are banned in new construction.
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fire pit hardscape
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smooth pavers vs contrasting rocks
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Stones, gravel, concrete
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Fire pit
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river rock & concrete pavers
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Fire pit/landscape
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All of the,
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Outdoor smokeless fire pit
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grasses with stones and pavers
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Use of leftover lueder stone.
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relaxed by GH and gym
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pavers w/ stone between
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fire pit area
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Pebbles and rocks
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modern formal....Daniel or Foster
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small city garden firepit
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trees Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum'
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If I lived in arizona
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fire pit
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Front sitting area ideas
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fire pit
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Pavers and trench of river rocks
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moderno, me encanta
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Love the uplighting and shape of the trees.
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Like it
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Landscaping and plants
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cement next to stone
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me gustan las baldosas cementicias
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front courtyard fire pit
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solution to our problematic entry
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Firepit and plants
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Perfect composition, lighting, plant selection, wind protection and privacy!
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beach house backyard idea
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not so jagged but cool to front door
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pavers etc-area by magnolia, behind pool
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Concrete fire pit, floor - RM
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Fire pit
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Grasses and river rock
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take it outdoors: the conversation pit
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Fire pit
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Limestone pavers
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like the fence, the grasses
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stone and grasses
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spikey plants and fire place and gravel
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Contemporary ldscp design
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Alternating strips of concrete pavers & gravel
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Idea for phoebes yard
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firepit and stone patio
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stone compostition
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Use of concrete, grasses, lighting. Different kind of firepit.
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strips of concrete, varied textures
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uneven pavers big silver balls
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Fence for backyard
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hardscape and ornimentals, fire box
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Contemporary yard.
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river rock inter mixed with slabs
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