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Photo courtesy of Pate Landscape Architecture, Inc. and Anthony Crisafullii

South End Gardens is committed to helping you realize the potential of your outdoor space through creative planning, custom plant selection, and informed green growing practices. 

This roof deck was no ordinary urban landscape project.

In August of 2006, the owner of this Beacon Street property contacted us to transform three distinct rooftop spaces covering nearly 2000 square feet. After reviewing the client’s wish list, it became apparent that a landscape architect was required for a more comprehensive approach to masking utilities, lighting considerations and furniture selection.

It goes to without saying I wholeheartedly recommended Jon Pate of Pate Landscape Architecture. Jon and I have worked together both on South End and Back Bay projects, in addition to our involvement and leadership in the South End Garden Council.

When the construction phase was completed in the May of 2017, we began transforming the planting areas into an inviting space where friends and family can gather. The planting was designed for year-round interest, to frame views and provide privacy. The color palette chosen was one of purple, silver and white to compliment the historic Back Bay architecture. 

Specifically, the client wanted to enjoy plantings that weren't necessarily native to her native Texas. We incorporated number of graceful dwarf lilacs, crimson Japanese maples and European hornbeams assumed a stately presence, in addition to other unique and colorful annuals. 

Modular and zinc-coated planters were chosen for their durability, light-weight considerations, and simplicity. The black cube and rectangular fiberglass planters seamlessly blend with the wrought iron railings and naturally compliment the architectural details - the emphasis must always focus on the beautiful flower and plant combinations. 

This project has most recently been featured in the March/April issue of New England Magazine. The link to the entire article is may be found HERE.  

Photos courtesy of Pate Landscape Architecture, Inc. and Anthony Crisafullii


This property is an urban gardener's dream come true!


The construction phase was completed in the fall of 2015. The owner charged us with the task of transforming the planting areas into an inviting space where friends and family can gather, with vibrant colors throughout and ever-changing seasonal interest. The back garden is anchored by two espalier apple trees, clematis and climbing roses, an ornamental cherry tree, and seasonal annuals and ground cover throughout.


The front garden is a show piece, framed by a manicured boxwood hedge and abounding in colorful annuals. The cast iron urn with creative, seasonal arrangements always captures the eyes of those passing by. 


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