This is a small property with very little outdoor space to enjoy, so it was important to make this little lanai very comfortable and inviting.
Ferns and houseplants thrive in this protected environment, with moderate watering. The client asked that I only use non-poisonous plants, and I was happy to work within those limitations.
We hung a fern from the spiral staircase to stop everyone from bumping their heads, and it has worked wonderfully.
The small, narrow back area was not really usable when we got there. The beautiful old bricks were uneven. The Madagascar Jasmine, which is a wonderful climber and somewhat rare, was all over the place. We re-laid the bricks and trellised the Jasmine. We also removed a few spiny plants, and added a Passion Vine to the house side. We planted some Coleus at ground level for color, a good choice as it is non-toxic.
I suggested the client use this narrow area as a playspace for her soon-to-be toddler. It is a perfect spot for a water table, and the perfect size for little people. I've heard it has gotten a lot of use since we left.
|Uneven Brick, Messy Foliage|
|After: Re-laid Brick and Trellised Plants|