Last week we met up with a retired Apartment Therapy editor while shooting a house tour down in Costa Mesa. He showed us some sights and we stopped in at The Camp, an outdoor mall, for a quick bit to eat in a yurt. Despite being a mall, the landscaping was gorgeous: lots of succulents and xeriscaping, raised vegetable beds and the best looking green roof we've seen:
Images 1-3: We love the simple metal structure that holds up the terra cotta pots filled with succulents. There's nothing fancy or fussy about it and it would make a great garden wall to help divide off an eating area from a planting bed. Plus using all the same regular terra cotta pots keeps the design simple (and cheap).
Images 4-6: The green roof surprised us. It was growing so well and was so filled in. Most of the green roofs we've seen are languishing under the hot sun or are brand new and not very impressive. This one looked like the side of a hill full of grasses and sedum. Next time we want a closer look.
Images 7-8 This was definitely the first mall we've been to that had a vegetable garden. Their raised beds had corn, basil, herbs, tomatoes and peppers (and from what we understand, they use what's growing in the restaurant--at least the herbs). The beds were simply constructed and used regular wood. If we were handier (or had the space) we'd definitely look into building some of these. Either these or this small space raised planter.
Check out The Camp website for more info and location!