When New York–based designer Fawn Galli’s clients asked for a remodel of their Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan, the request included the overgrown backyard. The family, avid nature lovers, wanted to spend as much time as possible outdoors during warmer months.
Galli teamed with garden designer Lili Herrera to create three distinct “rooms.” The result: A new ground floor kitchen connects to the garden, which was regraded (and excavated by three feet so the owners, who are tall, would have a deeper space and more privacy).
Photography courtesy of Fawn Galli.
A redbrick wall creates a serene backdrop.
The green garden is paved with Roxbury granite, selected for its flecks of silver; plantings include white hellebores and ferns such as snowdrop, creeping white mazus, and rock cap moss.
Galli, who used bold colors in the interiors, chose a teak table by Terrain and vintage Sculptura side chairs by designer Russell Woodard. The chair covers, in a vivid blue, are made from Holly Hunt Nairobi fabric from the Great Outdoors line and have a subdued tribal pattern.
In springtime, daffodils and crocuses add to an orange palette. Furnishing include a teak lounge chair from Belgian design house Manutti covered with a bold outdoor textile by Stark. The furnishings also include a teak coffee table and sofa by Skargaarden, with sofa cushion fabric by Maria Flora.
Galli chose a Pin Dot Moorish pendant from Tazi Designs in San Francisco to add a bohemian air. At night, pinpoints of light dance through the dark. Hakone grass around the perimeter adds texture and pavers of Roxbury granite, the same stone used to build the Brooklyn Bridge, are laid down here without joints.
Whether you’re designing a city garden from scratch (or just looking for a quick fix for a long, narrow backyard), get ideas from our Garden Design 101 guides to landscaping, including our guides to Pavers 101, Gravel Gardens, and Decks & Patios. Read more:
- Landscaping: 10 Classic Layouts for Townhouse Gardens
- 10 Ways to Improve Your Garden with a Pergola
- Landscape Design: 10 Simple Layouts for Summer Roof Gardens
- Designer Visit: A ‘Magical Green Pocket Garden’ in San Francisco