Lisa and Greg Westerman’s
lush tropical perimeter of
plants is juxtaposed against a
rigid architectural grid of white
crushed granite, a teak deck
and concrete pavers lined with
river rocks. This nook of land —
just 15 by 23 feet — can
accommodate dining for four
and lounging, not to mention
the family dog, compliments
of a six-by-eight-foot spot of
grass. Designed by Lisa Pope
By Erica Levit
and Lisa Pope Westerman.
Photography Jack Thompson. Art
Director Chris Promecene.
Alamo Stone, 1400 Anderson St., 713.349.8484.
Best selection of gravel.
The Blair House, 4901 Rose St., 713.869.5558. Imported
Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St., 713.861.5702.
Camp Logan Cement, 1212 Asbury, 713.869.3385.
Great source for concrete.
Fajkus-Swallen Landscape, 1117 Autrey, 713.521.0505.
Houston Garden Center, 1700 W. Loop North,
713.426.3030. Best place to buy bulk. Source for
mondo, pampas and liriope muscari grasses.
The Office of James Burnett, 3313 D’Amico Ave.,
713.529.9919. For landscape design.
San Jacinto Stone, 195 Yale St., 713.868.3466. Crushed
granite and river rocks.
Smith & Hawken, 3935 San Felipe, 713.621.9395.
Naturally polished river rocks.
Thompson + Hanson Nursery & Garden Center, 3600
orchids, bamboo muhly, sago palms and succulents.
Don’t miss their twice-a-year shipment of California
succulents and hard-to-find plants that live well in
Urban Iron and Woodworks, Bill McMaster,
281.772.0688 (by appointment only). Arbors and
Vogler Sheet Metal Co., Inc., 705 Shepherd Dr.,
713.861.1154. For custom metal finishes such as
copper and stainless steel.
Ring Around the Collar
This witty, conical-shaped
installation of vanilla limestone rocks,
arranged at James Burnett’s own office, is a
Gregory/Henry Landscape Design, 1219 Durham, W. Alabama, 713.622.6973. For unusual grasses such
folly worth following. Designed by
713.426.3311. For the ultimate urbanscape. as zebra, blood and giant purple fountain, as well as
James Burnett, landscape architect.
George Lancaster’s Japanese
soaking tub sits atop a wooden
deck backdropped with a shoji-
like Japanese screen. The quintes-
sential Buddha watches over this
garden, which is lined with a
three-by-three-foot grid of con-
crete pavers filled with mondo
grass. After drying off, lounge
amidst this collage of bamboo
and assorted grasses. Designed by
Steve Henry, Gregory/Henry
Jay and Michelle Davis’ slender
Zen-like haven, centered by a low
fountain and buffered by a wall
of bamboo, is an extension of the
interior living space. The patch-
work of various stones and
gravel in this minimal courtyard
gives new meaning to the word
“hardscape. Designed by
Cochran + Cochran.
In Cynthia Tole’s urban garden, water trickles
down from the canales (gutter scuppers) into
the livestock tanks 20 feet below. This subsur-
face irrigation system elicits water up through Rock On
the gravel into the zigzag planters to nourish Concrete pavers organize this orthogonal grid
organic heirloom plants (from nonaltered lined with crushed limestone — an effect soft-
seeds thousands of years old), including a ened by a backdrop of sculptural foxtail ferns.
melon variety from Thomas Jefferson’s garden. Garden in Houston’s Magnolia Grove designed
Designed by architect Robert Morris, The by owner Steve Rooke and architect Steven P .
Studio of Robert Morris Architects. Dumas, Los Angeles.
As city dwellers, we can’t help yearning for a bit of fluffy texture, a sprig of jasmine or stately
sculpture. Urbanscape is the new landscape. So, put a permanent spring in your step with an
organized patch of greenery, or take on the dirt with a low-maintenance design of rocks, concrete
and a mere sprinkling of green. We promise, you won’t find any lawnmowers in these backyards.
Surrounded by horse-
tail and complement-
ing a house sheathed
in galvanized metal,
water cascades from a
into a pool of water
below. Designed by