In an unusual collaboration among birds, wind, and one of San Francisco’s leading landscape architects, a California designer has made a pair of unique outdoor living spaces—one low and one high.

For his family’s recently remodeled home in San Francisco, designer Peter Liang undertook a two-part landscaping renovation: He planted a living roof, then, with the help of landscape architect Andrea Cochran, redid the backyard.

Bernal Hill, one of San Francisco’s sunniest and least-developed spots, is a bare peak rising some 450 feet out of an otherwise densely packed neighborhood of charming turn-of-the-20th-century homes and shops. But whereas many manmade gardens are watered to be verdant year-round, Bernal Hill’s winter green and summer brown are a refreshing marker of the seasons. And that is exactly what designer Peter Liang desired atop his recently remodeled 2,000-square-foot home on the hill’s southern slope.

“I wanted to plant a green roof for its thermal mass, but I wanted it to be as natural as possible,” Liang says. “To achieve that, what better partner could I have found than nature itself?”

For his family’s recently remodeled home in San Francisco, designer Peter Liang undertook a two-part landscaping renovation: He planted a living roof, then, with the help of landscape architect Andrea Cochran, redid the backyard.

Now his 580-square-foot green roof is like a piece of the hill; its indigenous vegetation—seeded by birds and wind—is irrigated only by seasonal rain and dew.

Plantings such as red clover and weeds, including black medic, are watered and pollinated naturally.

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Two-Part Landscaping Renovation in San Francisco
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