When landscape architect Gabriella Mazzola designed a roof garden for her clients atop a modern residential building in Italy, she understood why they asked for "a green oasis of relaxation.” Her gentle hand with a feel for fine-textured plants creates a remarkable transformation and allows light to penetrate while providing screens for backgrounds and privacy. This space features a dozen great ideas for adding warmth and contrast to cold hard surfaces.
This is the same view as the "before" photograph—demonstrating how completely this space changed with nothing more than ipe wood, potted plants, and well-chosen furnishings in lime green that add zest to the preponderance of earth tones. Here, the overhead structure has been changed to create shade with a simple roll of bamboo fencing. The two posts at the far end support fragrant false jasmine that will one day cover this metal structure, with shade giving foliage redolent with scent.