Garden & Landscapes

The call of the wild is impossible to resist in these patios, backyards, rooftops, and gardens that offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Pair Your Modern Home with a No-Fuss Garden
Pair Your Modern Home with a No-Fuss Garden
Architect Cory Buckner has become Los Angeles’ resident A. Quincy Jones expert. Here, she shares tips on how to complement iconic modern architecture with water-saving tricks.
Master Stroke
In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.
A Lush Retreat With a Sheltered Rooftop Pool in Mexico City
A designer carves out a domestic oasis in Mexico City.
An Atypical Tree House
An Atypical Tree House
When a 40-year-old pine tree fell over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles a few years back, its owner, an art lover and a philanthropist, let it lie.
A Comfortable Patio with a Sharp Design
In coastal Norway, a guesthouse serves as a sculptural refuge.
Stoked to Soak
Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. But landscape architects James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie relished the challenge of making a...
This Endless Playscape Is Complete With a Bamboo Forest and Trampoline
A pleasure garden in northern California is rich in whimsical surprises.
Yard Works
“Mother Nature is too powerful to try and mimic,” says Shane Coen, whose firm is known for its minimalist approach to the residential landscape.
Backyard Marsh in San Francisco
A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
A Heavenly Backyard is Precise with Pebbles
A San Francisco landscape designer finds a small-space solution that’s anything but narrow-minded.
This Backyard Returns to the Wild
This Backyard Returns to the Wild
A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
Native Plants Can Transform Your Yard—And The Planet
With her drought-tolerant landscapes and permeable hardscape designs, Cassy Aoyagi of FormLA Landscaping has proven her dedication to saving our most precious natural resource.
How to Make Your Garden Water-Free
Landscape architect Brennan Cox, principal of San Francisco–based Groundworks, explores the best approaches to drought-tolerant landscaping practices that can be implemented...
A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco
In an unusual collaboration among birds, wind, and one of San Francisco’s leading landscape architects, a California designer has made a pair of unique outdoor living spaces—one...
Landscape Design for All Climates
Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their regions.
Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit
Hufft Projects carves out a sunken seating area in an outdoor scheme designed for entertaining.
Creative Landscape Design for a Renovated Eichler in California
Landscape designer Bernard Trainor masterminds a seamless garden to surround a Silicon Valley Eichler.
Performing a New Production on a Worn Stage
There is a tired adage in architecture that the form of a building must follow its function.
A Rooftop Garden Completes This Urban Pastoral Home
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving, industrial neighborhood of Brooklyn.
An Architect's Tips for Creating a Garden in the Heart of the City
In our upcoming February 2016 issue, we visit the Gowanus, Brooklyn, home of architect Philippe Baumann and his family, which includes a rooftop garden.
It Takes a Village
On Washington's lush Bainbridge Island, one community strives for quality of life as a sustainable initiative.
Beauty and Brains: Building Sustainably With Redwood
The return of summer barbecues and back porch hangouts means that outdoor living spaces are again enjoying heavy foot traffic.