This Upper East Side townhouse backyard features a bluestone patio, horizontal ipe fencing, ipe and metal stair railings, and Art Deco vintage patio furniture.
Bluestone makes a wonderful natural patio stone surface, but it stains easily. The best solution is to either seal it or clean it regularly using a bucket of hot, soapy water and a long-handled scrub brush. We also sometimes add Softscrub with bleach for better lightening results.
The plantings include a shade-tolerant mix of sky pencil hollies, huechera, ferns, cherry laurels, and liriope.