Patio of the Week: Secret Garden in the Heart of the City

This welcoming entry patio in San Francisco includes an outdoor kitchen, a dining area and a relaxed lounge.

This courtyard sits at the end of a narrow San Francisco lot, behind another house, and serves as the entry for the garden-unit home behind it. Soft plantings in tones of green, bronze and purple surround the space, creating the feeling of being worlds apart from the bustle of the city.

The space originally was occupied by a large in-ground koi pond and a tangle of overgrown ivy. Neither served much of a purpose for the home’s residents — a working professional who’s a longtime San Francisco resident, and her 21-year-old daughter. The pair employed the designers at merge studio to reimagine the space.


 June 22, 2019
Houzz Contributor. Landscape designer, a former garden editor for Sunset Magazine and in-house designer for Sunset’s Editorial Test Garden. Her garden designs have been featured in the Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping, Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings (cover), Inhabitat, and POPSUGAR.

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