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Roof terraces are like stage sets, says landscape designer David Kelly, in that they're typically viewed from a single direction. "You can move around in a large garden," says Kelly, a principal at the Manhattan-based firm Rees Roberts + Partners, but these spaces are primarily experienced through a window."
The call of a cottage garden, filled with a profusion of flowers and smelling of roses, dianthus, and lilacs, is alluring indeed. The image of a resplendent, colorful garden has enticed many a homeowner to install a picket fence and a bounty of flowers in the hopes of creating such a haven.
MY GARDEN: FROM PARKING LOT TO ROSE GARDEN
From Blacktop to Beauty
My own rose garden, pictured here, is testament to the power of transformation. Today, fragrant flowers bloom between ribbons of boxwood, and two classical fountains gurgle where the biggest eyesore you can imagine once existed: a parking lot.
For years people have been tending flower gardens—maybe it’s the allure of the blooms, or perhaps it’s the challenge of growing the perfect rose, or maybe you just want to add a splash of color to the front of your home. Whatever the motivation, flowers are an excellent addition to all types of gardens.
When it comes to gardens, limited space needn't be a cap to originality and comfort. While small gardens, terraces, decking and patios undoubtedly come with their own set of design challenges, even the most economical of plots can be reworked into impactual and elegant outdoor havens. Think small but perfectly formed.
Make your garden great on a budget with a few helpful hints. Careful planning and a few clever tricks can turn any garden into a tranquil haven, quaint retreat or a space fit for entertaining - even on the smallest budget.
Buy the basics
You'll need a coated-wire basket, a fibre basket liner, a circle of black plastic punctured with holes, multipurpose compost, fertiliser granules and water-retaining gel - all available from good garden centres. You'll also need a strong wall bracket that can take the weight of the basket and its watered contents.
For years, Marleen Zwiers had a design crush on a modern home in her Menlo Park, California, neighborhood. Then one day, a friend called: “Your house is for sale!” That afternoon, Zwiers and her husband, Arthur van Hoff, put in an offer.
Creeping thyme (Thymus praecox arcticus) grows from 2- to 3-inch gaps between sandstone pavers in this garden in Old Snowmass, Colorado; in summer, it’s covered with small pink flowers.
As part of our recent trip out west, we had the chance to tour the construction site for the extension of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park (San Diego), with three of the designers who had worked on the project. The tour was led by one of our former instructors, Keiji Uesugi.
The most recognizable trademarks of this style are lush, tropical plants and bold colors. Think palm trees swaying in the wind, birds of paradise showing off their bright flowers and lots of healthy greenery. Hammocks are especially appropriate for a tropical garden, just make sure the trees you hang it from are nice and strong.