Publisher description for Small space gardens / David Stevens

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A small garden can be beautiful, low maintenance, sheltered, intimate and fun. Good design, both inside and outside the home is timeless and is based on sound principles. Small Space Gardens takes you through the entire planning sequence, providing a progressive organizational sequence that melds interior, exterior and borrowed landscape into an elegant, practical and integrated whole.

The first chapter demonstrates how to analyze your existing space what you have in your garden already, what you want to keep and what you will need to introduce, from furniture to lighting techniques to walls and paths. This will help you decide what you want from your garden whether it is an eating area or play zone, herbs or barbeques. It then goes on to look at the planning of your new garden how best to maximize the space that you have. It shows how to use dividers, paths, walls and raised areas to create separate areas and hidden corners.

Many people think of plants and planting in the initial planning stages, when in reality it is the spatial framework which must come first. Once this is established, the planting can then breathe life into the garden, and the chapter on planting strategy will help you formulate a considered plan to create color, texture and atmosphere.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Landscape gardening, Gardens Design