Upper East Side Townhouse: A Stately Backyard

Image of backyard with white pavers, flowerbeds of annuals & perennials, pergola seating area and a grand statuesque fountain.

The backyard of this stately 5-story Upper East Side, Manhattan townhouse was a crumbling mess when we first set eyes on it.  Working with an architect and a stone mason, we helped restore the fountain and walls to their former beauty.  We designed a new bluestone patio for the flooring.  Our carpenter replaced the rotted planks of the pergola with ipe, a hardwood with a 30-year life expectancy.  We also designed lush, shade-tolerant plantings of boxwoods, Japanese maples, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, hollies, hostas, begonias, and impatiens.  All of the planting beds contain drip irrigation and low-voltage lighting lines.