March 10 2015

The clients of this Upper West Side terrace had a desire to optimize the long, narrow space for a more comfortable outdoor living area.  In addition, bring a low-maintenance garden design that introduced new color with each season and a good dose of greenery. Cercis canadensis (Eastern redbuds) placed in tandem with the building’s columnar grid and set within square, zinc planters, are prized for their fragrant flowers – in full bloom late spring through summer. Endless summer hydrangeas follow, delivering blossoms early summer and onward through the fall.  A paving palette of stone and hardwood denote separate living areas. The cozy enclave is enhanced with a perimeter of plantings and textural design elements: boxwoods soften custom wood planters, grasses and perennials fill pots from Atelier Vierkant and Anamese, and English Ivy adorns the trellises.