For this patio in the Mission, the owners didn’t want the design to be too stylized any one way or to fall into some trendy garden formula. The functional goal was to create an outdoor room, a comfortable extension of home sans roof and with fresh air. There were several containers and established plants to incorporate into the final design.
Simple boxes lined the edges of this outdoor room, helping encompass the space without cluttering it. Cobalt blue ceramic pots added depth of color amidst the rust-colored wood. Trellises would eventually support vines to break up the monotony of the wall. The arbor was installed to delineate the outdoor dining space from the inside quarters of the house. Fig, apple, and several citrus trees were planted, creating a patio “mini-farm”. A container herb garden is right near the door, allowing an easy way to grab fresh herbs in the midst of cooking.