Most grade-level decks are actually a step above grade (ground level). This allows the deck to drain easily and resist rot. If you don't have a concrete patio to deck over, a simple foundation of post (Curved Patio Step)
The biggest trend we are seeing at the moment are 'green walls' or vertical gardens in interior as well as exterior spaces. Here are some my favorite inspirations as well as my own work—enjoy and go green!