Great ideas for outdoor rooms

Cozy, curvy patio

See how great shapes and native plants create a haven for all seasons

Outdoor kitchen
Photo: Norm Plate

THREE GREAT IDEAS FROM THIS GARDEN

Get curvaceous

One of the best looks for a square space is a set of circles and curves.

Here, a graceful pie-shaped patio roof hovers above the courtyard like a piece of art. The sinuous shapes are repeated in the seat walls, fireplace, and outdoor kitchen.

Incorporate local materials

Exposed adobe seat walls (capped with concrete for durability) and a herringbone-patterned saguaro-rib patio ceiling are a nod to the neighborhood's heritage.

Use canyon natives

Plants often have a difficult time adapting to courtyard conditions because the light alternates between sun and shade.

Pollack chose canyon natives, such as little leaf ash ( Fraxinus greggii), autumn sage ( Salvia greggii), and golden columbine ( Aquilegia chrysantha), that are well suited to changing light.

Design: Jim Pollack Design, Washington, D.C. (202/460-9081).

Installation: Jumping Daisies, Tucson (520/323-2555).

Wood-fired oven: Wildwood Ovens, Los Angeles (800/579-2797). 

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