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landscape design

Small garden, big impact

May 8, 2018

The intimate scale of a small backyard can become a real asset. By incorporating details that add layers of visual intrigue, you can create a uniquely intense, interactive garden experience that isn’t easily replicated in large backyards or broader landscapes.

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An interview with Susan Morrison of The Less is More Garden

March 21, 2018

In small gardens, not a square foot can be wasted, so the stakes can be higher for designing intentionally. In The Less is More Garden, Susan Morrison proves that less space can mean more enjoyment, less maintenance, less effort, and more individuality.

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Paws and petals: Quick tips for dog-friendly garden design

February 8, 2018

If you have dogs, take their needs into consideration when designing your less is more garden. In a small yard, space is at a premium, and some careful planning can mean a safe, relaxing, personalized oasis for you and your furry friends.

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Garden party: Designing your small yard for family and friends

February 8, 2018

Once the decision is made to upgrade a backyard, most of us want to get started immediately. But taking time to thoroughly identify what you really want from your space is a crucial first step to creating a successful, livable garden to enjoy with your friends and family.

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Less space? More enjoyment!

February 8, 2018

Once upon a time, small gardens were mainly confined to the condos, courtyards, and terraces of crowded urban areas while the typical suburban landscape tended to be large and sprawling. Today, small has become the new normal. And that is an opportunity, not a restriction.

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A sneak peek at The Less is More Garden

January 17, 2018

Use the helpful tips in The Less Is More Garden to turn your standard lot into a unique space that is beautiful, low maintenance, and the perfect fit for your family.

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The lure of a meadow

July 28, 2017

With rising interest in naturalistic planting—in public spaces like New York City’s High Line and private homes like those featured in Planting in a Post-Wild World—the meadow is getting its well-deserved day in the sun. In The American Meadow Garden, John Greenlee and Saxon Holt meditate on the beauty and functionality of cultivating grassland ecologies:

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Functional elements for modern garden design

July 24, 2017

Modern gardens need to be multifunctional. To create a garden space that is fully utilized, it’s important the design includes thoughtfully-placed landscaping details like paths, edging, driveways, terraces, and water features.

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Imagining the future of landscape planning and design

June 28, 2017

What does a city in harmony with nature look like? Is there such a city on this planet? Perhaps a more realistic question is what city has the plans and policies in place that will insure its transformation is in harmony with nature.

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Summer succulents and trusty tropicals: In leaves we trust

June 7, 2017

If flowers are obvious, leaves are overt, even if they too often go unnoticed. The modern garden is marked by its understanding that foliage—of all shapes, sizes, colors, and presentations—is the real undercurrent that keeps aesthetics afloat. An excerpt from Plants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden by Kelly D. Norris.

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