Peace, Please! Create an Urban Garden Oasis

A garden retreat in the middle of the city offers a chance to push chaos to the margins. Find ideas for your urban hideaway.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

City Oasis

Situated in west London, this garden is a secret oasis, screened from the neighbors and traffic noise. The well-balanced plan, integrated hard landscaping, and unifying shapes create a coherent, comfortable garden.

Colorful Touches

Colorful plantings, including penstemons, cannas and phormiums, create a beautiful, exotic display in this border.

Peaceful Corner

Owned and designed by artist Camilla Shivarg, this garden is used to display her sculptures.

City Rooftop Designed in Chic Contemporary Style

Contemporary outdoor couches line the edges of this city roof top garden that offers spectacular views of the city and comfortable seating for entertaining and relaxing.

Stepped Planters Maximize Space in Narrow Garden

Raised beds set in copper containers offer a crisp neat look in this narrow city garden.

Lighting for the View

Lighting on a balcony is subtle so that distant city lights can be enjoyed at night.

Escaping the City

This backyard treehouse in the heart of Atlanta offers a refuge from the pressures of city life and a reminder of the value of nature in everyday life.

City Roof Terrace Combines Collection of Foliage

A collection of green foliage plants are combined on a city rooftop garden. Plants include hostas, rhododendrons, and wind tolerant shrubs.

Urban Chic

Clipped boxwood topiaries, groups of white impatiens, and hostas and palms create a contemporary look in this small city garden. The wooden boardwalk evokes a more natural feel to this urban space.

All in the Mix

Combining clipped topiaries and bright, cheerful daffodils does much to brighten the entryway to this urban basement apartment.

Rooftop Seating

This tranquil, exotic oasis combines a nostalgic ambience with contemporary design influences, which is in direct contrast with the noisy city streets below.

Wow Factor

Achieving balance is easier in formal gardens because they are set out in a symmetrical pattern as in this urban rooftop garden, a surprising punch of green amidst city concrete.

Using Limited Space to Great Advantage

Dan Faires and his wife, Dasha, relocated from Arkansas to New York in search of greater opportunities for their design-focused minds. Though the switch from open acres to city was a tough adjustment, that didn't stop Dan and Dasha from turning their 375-square-foot apartment into a rustic space with a homey feel, including making plenty of room for restful green space.

Outdoor Living

Dan and Dasha's vibrant patio is a great escape from the city and has enough space to entertain friends and family.

Use Concrete to Your Advantage

Don't be limited by the materials around you, embrace them! These square cast, concrete containers flow gracefully down this flight of concrete stairs, while the unruly stems of Lady’s Slipper (Pedilanthus macrocarpus) explode out of them like fireworks.

A Roof Garden

This living wall designed by Nigel Dunnett embraces the vertical as a way to bring greenery into the city in new form. Vertical walls not only make use of limited growing space, they allow you to create a feeling of privacy in the most pleasant way possible.

Jazzing it Up

This New York rooftop was transformed into a lush outdoor room full of color and life, creating the perfect space to entertain guests or just get away from the city.

Urban Styled Garden Mixes Colors and Shapes

Bamboos and grasses, plus topiaries and purple heucheras stand out against painted surfaces in an urban styled garden that focuses on color and shapes.

Unique Timber Screen Wall Creates Perfect Balance

There is a balance between seating and plantings in this urban designed garden that is connected by a unique timber screened wall.

A Little Green Makes All the Difference

Plenty of trees and greenery in planters combined with a mix of fresh, white paint and terra-cotta planters brighten up this rooftop garden.