New garden shows off city view

Get ideas from a small garden inspired by its surroundings

A garden with a cityscape view of San Francisco
Thomas J. Story

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Solution: Remove the clutter, build in clean lines, then direct the eye outward.

The strategy: Clear away crowded plantings and elevate the patio at the rear of this small San Francisco garden owned by Bob Gain and Gene Ogden. Then define the 25- by 50-foot space with low walls, which double as seating during parties and eliminate the need for extra furniture. Add a 15-foot-long pond as a lean focal point and pave the area with complementary buff-colored gravel. Finally, confine a low border to the garden’s perimeter, using mostly easy-care shrubs and small trees that frame rather than block the fantastic view.

Design Beth Mullins, Growsgreen Landscape Design, San Francisco (growsgreen.com or 415/336-9829)

Construction Rock & Rose Landscapes, San Francisco (rockandrose.com or 415/824-3458) 

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