Rather than resist the natural slope of this Buena Vista Heights backyard, landscape architect Eric Blasen composed a well-considered, minimal, multiterraced space. Accent details, like the flat handrail and stone stairs, mirror those repeated both inside the home and out front, respectively; Blasen worked directly with architect Tim Gemmill to ensure a cohesive feel between the spaces.
The backside of this multigenerational Queens home was dug out to create a recessed garden for privacy. The mother is an active cook, so including planter boxes for herbs and hot peppers was a must.
A maple tree grows through an ipe deck in the garden that Mary Barensfeld designed for a family in Berkeley, California. A reflecting pool separates it from a white-granite patio, which is furnished with a Petal dining table by Richard Schultz and chairs by Mario Bellini.
At the modern home of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, his partner Amy Elaine Wakeland goes to work on the garden terraces where the couple grows much of their own food.
Lutsko Associates chose to integrate stepped terraces into the landscape design of this Ketchum, Idaho, home.