Garden Tour: Small Yard, Big Impact
From the top
In Brad Schreiber’s rooftop garden, varied flooring levels and wall heights help define areas such as the outdoor kitchen and lounging area.
The outdoor kitchen with a refrigerator, gas grill, pizza oven and dining area expands on the home’s main-level kitchen and family room. On the terrace, a striking fireplace and pergola anchor seating areas. Two meditation gardens provide solitary retreats.
“There’s not a lot of opportunity for private green space in the city,” Brad says. “You have to make a different type of place to escape.”
Click ahead for garden designer Tony Butterworth’s tips on how to make small spaces live large. See slide 5 for a buying guide.
Use walls and decorative screens—solid or open—to create privacy. Lift some planters off the ground to keep green at eye level and to increase the space’s perceived scale.
Grand focal points like a pergola or this fireplace connote a sense of luxury that belies square footage.
Planters layer in softness. Trees like hornbeam, serviceberry and sand cherry add mature scale to small spaces. Limited root space in containers keeps them from reaching an overwhelming size.
A subtle palette visually expands a space; textures add interest. In the meditation gardens, grasses and pebbles create the look of a dry stream bed.