This garden in Park Slope, Brooklyn, was designed by super-chic Brook Klausing. No wonder then that it has such a neat, smart style. Brook explains to F&F readers how he designed such a sweet, colourful small space.
This garden design/installation included a modern terrace, complete backyard renovations and a front yard makeover. We created a usable space that mixes old with new, giving it an urban chic. With its dry-lay stone wall and multiple levels, this garden becomes a playground with lots of options for how the space is used. Blackened steel is used to create a thin retention wall that maximizes green space while adding a modern contrast to the other classic building blocks.
This garden came to me flat with the curved stairwell. We wanted privacy so I thought dropping the main sitting area down would be a great way to work with fence codes and not having to tall of a structure in the small back yard. The stone wall and pergola worked together to create balance and a nestle effect in the back corner opposite the main entry.
We were lucky enough to start with the great pink dogwood that we had to convince the clients to keep (all parties were very happy in the end). It provides a wonderful dropped canopy to the massive oak tree that sits in the next door. We wanted to match the 3rd floor deck design to the i-beam that holds the 2nd floor kitchen. We did this by mimicking the steel and rounding out the form of back of the house.
We have some wavy black mondo patches that move through the grass. We put a Pieris japonica and a cult leaf Japanese maple in those beds for some pop. Black bamboo is the back corner to offer height and then lots of other fun stuff in between.
You can visit Brook’s website here, and stand by for yet another gorgeous garden from his design practice next week.
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