Here's Some Inspiration For A Great Urban Garden
Is it a garden if there aren’t several plants? Affirmative. Turn a plot into a minimalist escape that’s excellent for big city living
With planting area restricted to containers and wood planters, it’s simple to imagine this tantalising outdoor lounge as a city top garden or fashionable yard.
“My obsession is contrasting totally different textures,” Mullins says. She blanketed the floor in crushed oyster shells for a touch of shine. That worked with off the country wood of the bench and planters, that successively prompts the sleek concrete tabletop. The interaction of textures “emphasizes what’s distinctive concerning each of them,” Mullins says.
Use a piece of furniture to divide area outdoors. though the garden has a tiny footprint, Mullins packed it with multiple destinations: a table for dining alfresco, an oversize stylish bench for lolling, and a fireplace feature, left, with a heated bench for cold nights.
Mullins wished to place something green overhead. It’s minimal—just two potted Swan Hill olive trees—but by having the canopy nearer to the size of a person makes an urban house friendlier. Mullins created geometric containers for two Swan Hill olive trees by adding in ten slatted triangles and painting them for an ombré result. The ombre paint job softens the lines of the geometric planters.
A standard outdoor fire next to a heated bench encourages guests to linger outdoors when the sun sets. Urban Campfire: Modfire; Heated "Love" bench: Galanter and Jones.
Pay attention to backgrounds. Mullins place a planter within the backside of the bench and crammed it with Pittosporum Tenuifolium, each to be a soft barrier for anyone who sits there—and to bring a silver shininess to the house.
An outsized L-shape bench made up of recycled wood creates an ideal seating area for hosting or lolling. Slate-grey cushions and graphic pillows coordinate with the hand-poured concrete table.
Dudleya succulents develop on the silver and grey colours within the furnishings.
Glazed ceramic containers filled with a pale inexperienced agave (Agave Attenuatta) and trailing silver Dichondra (Dichondra Argentea ‘Silver Falls’) pop against a dark painted wood background.
Stacked wood (for use within the firepit) becomes quiet art.