Serenity and calm pervade a Japanese-inspired garden that San Francisco-based Surfacedesign, Inc. created to complement the renovation of a multi-story midcentury modern house in the city’s Russian Hill neighborhood. A multi-level garden, seen from above, has city views, indoor-outdoor living spaces, and a low-maintenance year-round garden. The garden has just enough green to look inviting. Ferns and Japanese anemones grow alongside a walkway, and an open-air fire pit adds both literal and figurative warmth to a garden where the horizontal planes of the hardscape dominate the design. I think this is a great idea to design a garden in a big city and get your own green oasis.