Patricia St. John of St. John Landscapes is an expert at designing small, relatively inexpensive gardens. She won another APLD gold award this year for City Gem, a 1250 sq. foot garden in San Francisco with views of the city.
St. John installed a modern landscape with clean, simple lines that includes a three foot tall deck, a mid-level garden, and a lower terrace. There's easy access from the house to the raised vegetable/herb beds on the deck level. At mid-level, St. John designed pathways, and there's room for a bench and a sandbox with a screen and latch to keep the cat out.
Low-maintenance plantings prevail throughout, including evergreen grasses and vines, succulents, burgundy cordylines and groundcovers. St. John also managed to save an existing avocado tree, an escallonia and euonymus shrubs that provide a substantial screen.
It's a city gem indeed.
to fit with the renovated three-story home,