Small City GardenContemporary Landscape, San Francisco

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

This is an example of a contemporary landscaping in San Francisco. —  Houzz
Related Photo Topics
Related Professionals in San Francisco
This photo has 10 questions
Julie Powers Design wrote:Apr 22, 2012
  • causer659
    Thank you for your response. It's greatly appreciated and makes me a believer again!
    Sincerely,
    causer659
  • thegreen1
    looks like cor-ten steel (weathering steel). I love it!
Lauren F wrote:Apr 25, 2012
Janice Garcia wrote:Feb 7, 2011
jillybean330 wrote:Jun 24, 2012
Richard Patefield wrote:Apr 25, 2012
  • PRO
    Arterra 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
  • Richard Patefield
    Thank you so much for your timely response!...
pvilliger wrote:Oct 26, 2013
  • michstu
    Beautiful garden, thanks for sharing. Can you please tell me where I could purchase the orbs. Thanks much
splourde wrote:May 16, 2012
Gregory Haynes wrote:Apr 6, 2011
Christian Oprea wrote:Aug 16, 2016

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    dkprinzing
    Debra Prinzing added this to Garden Design Essentials: Unity and VarietyApr 26, 2012

    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.

    mariannel
    Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Modern Garden StyleApr 4, 2012

    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.

    anniekendall
    Annie Thornton added this to Inside Out: Designs to Move a Party OutsideNov 25, 2010

    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.

    laurenswezey
    Lauren Bonar Swezey added this to Your Patio: The Beauty of a Firepit, Without The SmokeNov 17, 2010

    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.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    ddanca31
    ddanca31 added this to FRONT WALKWAY AND PATIOSJul 2, 2019

    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.

    sherry3428
    sherry3428 added this to Alex - City GardenJun 2, 2019

    Interesting raised fire pit. Gas?

    catherinebuck00
    Japan Magpie added this to Porches, BalconiesMay 16, 2019

    Go dark. Charcoal-colored walls and fences disappear and trick your eye into expanding the boundaries of a space.

    ddanca31
    ddanca31 added this to EXTERIOR OF HOUSEMay 12, 2019

    Y 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.

    leighsq
    leighsq added this to BentonvilleApr 29, 2019

    gray rocks keeps color more uniform - might make yard seem a little bigger

    christine_schlagter
    Christine Schlagter added this to Backyard Patio InspirationApr 11, 2019

    Like the brown-colored furniture and fence, the use of grasses and large pavers with river rock.

    npjenniemacmac
    npjenniemacmac added this to npjenniemacmac's ideasMar 7, 2019

    Back yard: minimal/no lawn. Some plants

    eileenpmc
    Eileen added this to Patio IdeasJan 12, 2019

    Nice to have tucked in corner, but we usually have 4-6 people and stay at the table.

    Similar Ideas
    debora carl landscape design
    debora carl landscape design
    debora carl landscape design
    cotton jones retreat
    Concrete Garden steps
    debora carl landscape design
    Modern Brooklyn Garden
    Sustainable & native

    Need help with an existing Houzz order? Call 1-800-368-4268