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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

     Secret Sources:
      Alamo Stone, 1400 Anderson St., 713.349.8484.
      Best selection of gravel.
      The Blair House, 4901 Rose St., 713.869.5558. Imported
      plantation-grown teakwood.
      Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St., 713.861.5702.
      Aquatic plants.
      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
                                                                                                                          horizontal fencing.
                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          Turning Japanese
                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                          Landscape Design.

       Narrow Minded
       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.

                                                                                 Power Plant
                                                                                 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.


                Falling Water
                Surrounded by horse-
                tail and complement-
                ing a house sheathed
                in galvanized metal,
                water cascades from a
                stainless-steel trough
                into a pool of water
                below. Designed by
                Glassman Shoemake
                Maldonado Architects.