A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco

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October 15, 2013
Originally published in Small Spaces Big Ideas
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Praise the Roof
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  For his family’s recently remodeled home in San Francisco, designer Peter Liang undertook a two-part landscaping renovation: He planted a living roof, then, with the help of landscape architect Andrea Cochran, redid the backyard.  Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
    For his family’s recently remodeled home in San Francisco, designer Peter Liang undertook a two-part landscaping renovation: He planted a living roof, then, with the help of landscape architect Andrea Cochran, redid the backyard. Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
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  “I wanted to plant a green roof for its thermal mass, but I wanted it to be as natural as possible,” Liang says.  Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
    “I wanted to plant a green roof for its thermal mass, but I wanted it to be as natural as possible,” Liang says. Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
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  The once-sloping space now has climbing vines, a slatted fence, and foxtail agaves.  Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
    The once-sloping space now has climbing vines, a slatted fence, and foxtail agaves. Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
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  Across a small patch of lawn, a cedar walkway lines the raised planting beds. While the backyard is a more manicured space, the roof is allowed to be wild.  Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
    Across a small patch of lawn, a cedar walkway lines the raised planting beds. While the backyard is a more manicured space, the roof is allowed to be wild. Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
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  Plantings such as red clover and weeds, including black medic, are watered and pollinated naturally.  Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
    Plantings such as red clover and weeds, including black medic, are watered and pollinated naturally. Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
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  “Bees are especially attracted to the clover,” notes Liang.  Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
    “Bees are especially attracted to the clover,” notes Liang. Courtesy of Ike Edeani .
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