If you blink while standing in this courtyard garden in the middle of Manhattan, you might think for just a moment that you’ve been swept away to the Mediterranean. Nestled between buildings and buffered from the sights and sounds of city life, this charming garden is filled with classic style. Read more about this garden on my blog, at www.amberfreda.com.

This contemporary Harlem roof deck features comfy outdoor wicker furniture and red cushions that are a perfect complement to the red blooming azaleas and knockout roses. Read more about this garden on my blog, www.amberfreda.com.

This contemporary Brooklyn backyard features an ipe fence, bluestone patio, artificial turf lawn, and a neatly lined row of hornbeam trees.  The fence is given a contemporary twist by alternating the board widths in places and adding a frosted plexiglass border along the top.  Read more about this garden on my blog, www.amberfreda.com.

Nothing works as well in a shade garden as bamboo to provide an instantaneous effect of lushness, height, and a Zen-like, tropical feel.  Bamboo is extremely versatile and can tolerate conditions ranging from full sun to full shade.  It also does really well in containers, which keep the roots contained and the plants in check.  Read more about this garden on my blog, www.amberfreda.com.

This shady rooftop terrace was designed with a beautiful grey composite deck, wood fencing, a pergola, and an outdoor Shoji screen. Composite decking has come a long way and can have a very high-quality looking finish like this one. The benefit to using composite wood is that it is rated for fire safety. The Shoji screen adds an exotic touch and is a less expensive fencing option than using all wood.  It hides a view of an unattractive wall behind it.  Read more about this garden on my blog, www.amberfreda.com.

This inviting rooftop terrace on Manhattan’s Upper East Side features black wicker furniture, black fiberglass pots, and a dark bamboo roll fencing. Our client was concerned that her young son might climb up the stair-like rungs of the existing 4’ metal fence, so we covered it up with the 6’ bamboo roll fencing, which also gave her a couple of additional feet of privacy from a nearby building. Read more about this garden on my blog, www.amberfreda.com.

This NYC roof deck features limestone-clad planters, patio, and a fireplace. The original brick around the fireplace was left intact and preserves a bit of the feel of old New York. This 1,200 square foot roof garden is also home to a lawn, a bathroom, a custom-built outdoor kitchen, and a glass sunroom with sliding doors. Read more about this garden on my blog, www.amberfreda.com.

Blue ceramic pots and a matching blue tile backsplash bring a touch of the Mediterranean to this rooftop terrace in the heart of New York City. This Park Avenue residence actually features three separate rooftop terraces. One terrace is made for entertaining and features a built-in fireplace, inset jacuzzi, bluestone patio, custom-built wood planters, an outdoor kitchen, and ceramic pots filled with boxwoods and flowers. Read more about this garden on my blog, www.amberfreda.com.

This guy’s work is incredible.  Hoping to bring him to NYC for some collaborations, www.hendrickssculpture.com.

This roof garden design in NYC’s West Village features a custom-built wood deck with matching planters made out of ipe, a hardwood with a 30-year life expectancy. We used very thin wood planks on the planter facades and then filled them with bamboo for a very contemporary effect and privacy from a neighboring terrace. Read more about this garden on my blog, www.amberfreda.com.