Von Phister

Key West, Florida

This is a small garden that anchors the site-lines with large features such as a bold red wall with a fountain at one end and a corten-steel wall behind the swimming pool at the other to lead your eye down the path creating a longer site line. The planting is intentionally minimized in terms of species so it does not overcrowd the space and includes sculptural elements without using artwork.

Proportion is a must when designing small spaces. Patios and pools must relate well to the size of the house and other garden elements.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Garden, Hardscapes, Gardens, Trees, Walkways, Raised Planters, Shrubs, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Landscape Lighting, and Metal Fence. A dynamic entrance to the garden framed by mass plantings and bright sculptural containers sets the scene for the tropical garden behind the closed doors. Photo  of Von Phister

A dynamic entrance to the garden framed by mass plantings and bright sculptural containers sets the scene for the tropical garden behind the closed doors.

Modern home with Outdoor, Garden, Shrubs, Trees, Front Yard, Hardscapes, Walkways, Gardens, Raised Planters, Landscape Lighting, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. Mass groupings of the same species help create a sense of space with the bold containers create a visual impact and mimic the use of color throughout the garden. Photo 2 of Von Phister

Mass groupings of the same species help create a sense of space with the bold containers create a visual impact and mimic the use of color throughout the garden.

The bold red wall acts as an anchor behind the water feature leading your eye down the path creating a longer site line.  Photo 3 of Von Phister modern home

The bold red wall acts as an anchor behind the water feature leading your eye down the path creating a longer site line.

Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Garden, Side Yard, Shrubs, Gardens, Walkways, Hardscapes, and Landscape Lighting. Groupings of plantings with minimal use of species, strong lines and an equally strong focal point where the main requirements for this garden path creating the illusion of space within a small space. Photo 4 of Von Phister

Groupings of plantings with minimal use of species, strong lines and an equally strong focal point where the main requirements for this garden path creating the illusion of space within a small space.

Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Garden, Trees, Hardscapes, Shrubs, Walkways, Standard Construction Pool, Gardens, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Plunge Pool, Small Pool, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Fence, and Landscape Lighting. A small garden with large impact was created by keeping the lines clean, groupings of plants species to a minimum, well-defined areas and strong focal points at the end of the garden paths that accentuate the long views. Photo 5 of Von Phister

A small garden with large impact was created by keeping the lines clean, groupings of plants species to a minimum, well-defined areas and strong focal points at the end of the garden paths that accentuate the long views.

Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Garden, Trees, Back Yard, Shrubs, Gardens, Hardscapes, Walkways, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Landscape Lighting, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. Defined areas and strong focal points help to create a sense of space within a small garden. Photo 6 of Von Phister

Defined areas and strong focal points help to create a sense of space within a small garden.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Garden, Hardscapes, Gardens, Walkways, Trees, Landscape Lighting, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. A living wall was designed to create interest on an otherwise blank wall making the small seating area more inviting. Photo 7 of Von Phister

A living wall was designed to create interest on an otherwise blank wall making the small seating area more inviting.

Modern home with Outdoor, Garden, Side Yard, Gardens, Walkways, Hardscapes, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, and Landscape Lighting. An outdoor shower was placed near the pool but tucked away to allow some privacy for those using it. Photo 8 of Von Phister

An outdoor shower was placed near the pool but tucked away to allow some privacy for those using it.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Side Yard, Garden, Trees, Shrubs, Gardens, Hardscapes, Walkways, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, and Landscape Lighting. A garden feels larger if one is able to draw the eye up and over the property line. A tall tree draws your eyes upwards, making the space feel larger especially when used at the edge of the property. Photo 9 of Von Phister

A garden feels larger if one is able to draw the eye up and over the property line. A tall tree draws your eyes upwards, making the space feel larger especially when used at the edge of the property.

A fountain should always look good, even when dry. The bold red wall next to the natural stone veneer wall creates an interesting juxtaposition while a sculptural airy tree adds further interest while still maintaining the ability to see through it. Photo 10 of Von Phister modern home

A fountain should always look good, even when dry. The bold red wall next to the natural stone veneer wall creates an interesting juxtaposition while a sculptural airy tree adds further interest while still maintaining the ability to see through it.

Modern home with Outdoor, Garden, Walkways, Side Yard, Gardens, Small Pool, Hardscapes, Trees, Plunge Pool, Standard Construction Pool, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Landscape Lighting, and Metal Fence. Clean lines and mass groupings of plants help create a sense of openness and space within a small garden. Photo 11 of Von Phister

Clean lines and mass groupings of plants help create a sense of openness and space within a small garden.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Landscape Lighting, and Metal Fence. Feature walls and well positioned lighting add to the drama of this small garden. Photo 12 of Von Phister

Feature walls and well positioned lighting add to the drama of this small garden.

A dynamic entrance to the garden framed by mass plantings and bright sculptural containers sets the scene for the tropical garden behind the doors. Photo 13 of Von Phister modern home

A dynamic entrance to the garden framed by mass plantings and bright sculptural containers sets the scene for the tropical garden behind the doors.

Modern home with Outdoor, Shrubs, Garden, Trees, Side Yard, Hardscapes, Walkways, Gardens, Small Pool, Standard Construction Pool, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Plunge Pool, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, and Landscape Lighting. Even small gardens can have a big impact with the right design. Bold features at the end of a path accentuates the long view of the garden while groupings of similar plant species help create a sense of space by unifying a textural, heavily planted garden. Photo 14 of Von Phister

Even small gardens can have a big impact with the right design. Bold features at the end of a path accentuates the long view of the garden while groupings of similar plant species help create a sense of space by unifying a textural, heavily planted garden.

Lighting is a huge part of the design. The main consideration is to focus on features that you want to accentuate while letting the less important features fade into the darkness. Photo 15 of Von Phister modern home

Lighting is a huge part of the design. The main consideration is to focus on features that you want to accentuate while letting the less important features fade into the darkness.

Feature corten-steel wall adds drama and a great focal point at the end of the pool.  Photo 16 of Von Phister modern home

Feature corten-steel wall adds drama and a great focal point at the end of the pool.

Even small gardens can have a big impact with the right design, tall palms lead your eyes upwards creating even more space in a small area while bold features at the end of a path accentuates the long view of the garden. Photo 17 of Von Phister modern home

Even small gardens can have a big impact with the right design, tall palms lead your eyes upwards creating even more space in a small area while bold features at the end of a path accentuates the long view of the garden.

Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Garden, Shrubs, Trees, Walkways, Hardscapes, Small Pool, Gardens, Standard Construction Pool, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Plunge Pool, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Landscape Lighting, and Metal Fence. Lighting is a huge part of the design. The main consideration is to focus on features that you want to accentuate while letting the less important features fade into the darkness. Well designed lighting can give a feature wall even more sculptural qualities when properly lit. Photo 18 of Von Phister

Lighting is a huge part of the design. The main consideration is to focus on features that you want to accentuate while letting the less important features fade into the darkness. Well designed lighting can give a feature wall even more sculptural qualities when properly lit.