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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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Permaculture for any space

March 31, 2017

To determine the best placement for plantings and structures, permaculture offers you a way to look at the garden in terms of zones, and there are sustainable options for gardens of every size.

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Are you wasting energy?

March 31, 2017

For existing buildings, an energy audit is a great place to start. You can do your own simple energy audit or have a professional consultant do a more thorough, technical job. Some cities, states, and utilities offer incentives for doing an energy audit on your home. Ultimately, an energy audit will tell you where inefficiencies […]

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Handmade balcony garden

February 1, 2017

This shiny, sleek planter—actually a modified length of pedestrian galvanized gutter—takes up little room on a tiny balcony but contributes flash and a lively mix of color and texture. The resulting contemporary composition is stylish and hip—a far cry from planting an old boot.

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Growing epimediums in pots and containers

April 13, 2015

Tips for growing this popular plant in smaller spaces from the author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Epimediums. Gardens are getting increasingly smaller in this modern world. At one time, every house would have been built with a garden for children to play on the grass, for growing vegetables, and for relaxing with friends. […]

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