Modern CourtyardContemporary Patio, San Francisco
Contained Garden Beds above Parking Garage
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Add interest by designing unconventional beds. Planting beds generally abut areas of hardscape. Why not create unexpected interest by working planting areas into your hardscape? To do this safely, plan for extra-wide pathways and appropriate lighting. Since hardscape tends to absorb and reflect heat and possibly harsh light, you may have the opportunity to take advantage of newly created microclimates to expand your palette with plants such as these aeoniums (zones 9 to 11). Other succulents may be substituted in colder climates.The unconventional composition of rectangular planting beds in this terrace adds immeasurable interest. The chosen plantings of coral bells (Heuchera cvs, zones 4 to 9) and lilyturf (Liriope cvs, zones 6 to 10) pull from the palette of the surrounding beds, establishing continuity while softening the hardscape. Consider also mimicking the shape of your pavers with the shape of your beds and planters.