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Garden Photo of the Day

Right-Sized Done Right

Debby de Groot from Toronto right-sized, showing that you can indeed have a fantastic garden in a small space. Do you have a small space garden to share?

"I have attached a photo of my courtyard.  We right-sized three years ago and the garden is beginning to come into its own and is a constant source of surprise and pleasure for us."

Before anyone complains that we only included one photo in this post, I'm using Debby's photo to inspire others to share their small space garden photos! Let's see your right-sized spaces!

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 06/16/2015

    I hope there is some seating just out of camera range, Debby, because your courtyard nook is so pretty and has the wonderful sounds from the fountain. The plants you have selected have very appealing luminosity and give off a very welcoming vibe...to humans and garden critters! It's always such a good feeling to do a project and be happy with it...congrats.

  2. user-7007658 06/16/2015

    Thank you Debby for more inspiration. I feel like putting my chair in front of that part of you garden and sit down with a cup of coffee and take in the view and become one with nature.
    I (we) too down-sized 4 years ago so that we could have time to do what we enjoyed doing other than spending every weekend working on the large lawn and cleaning a large house. Now we have a two bedroom house and a smaller lawn/yard. My wife has her fairy garden and I am in the process of creating a Japanese/Zen garden. I had help from a Feng Shui consultant to give me ideas on plants and placement of. So far from what I have done people who stop in to view the garden say it feels so relaxing just to be there. I am about a third into the project and taking my time to complete it as I wait for garden to tell me when to proceed. This is my 3 year into the project. Mother nature is so calming

  3. VikkiVA 06/16/2015

    I'd say you have taken advantage of your limited space in a marvelous way. So much variety in such a small area. Vikki in VA

  4. NCYarden 06/16/2015

    Tight and right. Great use of minimum space for maximum impact. It's a delightful corner. And the gargoyle fountain is a nice touch...I like the gothic contrast to the bright plantings.

  5. katieerb 06/16/2015

    This is such a charming photo, looks like a park setting even if it is small!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/16/2015

    It *is* charming and well-done! Although my yard is significantly larger than a courtyard, eventually space forces me to make strategic choices. You've met that challenge well. Congratulations!

  7. Jay_Sifford 06/16/2015

    This is really pretty. Small spaces are so challenging, but can be awesome when done correctly. I just finished installing a client's courtyard garden that's only about 70 sq ft. I felt like I really accomplished something, and so did you! Congrats.

  8. ILfarmersdaughter 06/16/2015

    Hi Debby. I love your pretty garden corner. Your placement and selection of beautiful plants is done so well. What are the trees? Do they flower? Is it a shady area? Just so pretty and peaceful. The fountain and the gazing ball and pots add just the right touch too. So nice. Thank you for sharing.

  9. user-7007327 06/16/2015

    Serene and beautiful.

  10. GrannyCC 06/16/2015

    What a delightful garden. It just shows that bigger is not always better.

  11. Nurserynotnordstroms 06/16/2015

    Debby,such a calm beautiful space,you have definetly mastered this little area with the perfect plants,lighting and sound,you have it all in your tiny little space. Love it

  12. Meelianthus 06/16/2015

    Debby ~ Your little pocket garden is just so charming. Everything in it is so nicely placed and carefree looking. You have done a lovely job of down-sizing.

  13. Cenepk10 06/16/2015

    So sweet....I can hear it gurgling....

  14. user-7007140 06/16/2015

    Isn't it wonderful how, when plants are concentrated in a special place, we are able to really appreciate their beauty and complexity. You have chosen your plants with great care and it is all cool and refreshing around the fountain. A lovely place to sit a be calm.
    I hope that I manage to do as well. Thank you for allowing us to visit.

  15. debbydegroot 06/16/2015

    Hi all,

    The trees are weeping Japanese Cherry's and the blossoms in spring are breathtaking. The area is very shady, and the soil - clay - holds water (to the extent I lost my Japanese Maple through root rot in the spring.) Thank you all for your wonderful comments! And absolutely just out of range of the camera, a place to sit and think about how I must be disciplined in my new small space......


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