Brooklyn, NYC Backyard: Bluestone Patio, Bench, Planter Boxes, Shade Garden

This Brooklyn Heights townhouse backyard features a bluestone patio and custom-built ipe wood planter boxes. The quiet, Zen-like backyard is shaded by surrounding buildings, so we picked a shade-tolerant mix of dogwoods, rose-of-sharons, rhododendrons, and Japanese andromedas to plant here. It features a bench carved from a tree trunk. When choosing plants that will do well in shade, I find it's generally helpful to think about the types of plants that do well in a woodland environment. Read more about our projects on my blog at

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peopl182 added this to 3 Zones In Backyard10 December 2022

Bluestone patio and ipe wood planters

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Cordoned steel...expensive but pretty

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Fenceline / perimeter gardening

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The way the wood then the plants then the plats on top break up the height of the wall

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