Sleek Urban Retreat
William Morrow Garden Design & Landscaping in Emmitsburg turned the small backyard of this 19th-century townhouse in DC’s Kalorama into a virtual courtyard with a container garden. To make the 650-square-foot black-granite patio seem larger, Morrow had the fence painted a glossy black. Its horizontal lines draw the eye around and add to the feeling of spaciousness, as do the three-foot-square granite tiles—quarried in China—and two-foot-square white pots filled with purple smoke bushes. The planters are illuminated in the evening.
The ginkgo trees along the white wall alternate with daphne odora bushes, which have a jasminelike fragrance. The balcony above the courtyard, shown at right, is made of ipe—a durable tropical hardwood—and outfitted with Janus et Cie furniture. From there, the owners can relax and watch their three children play on the patio below.