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A Garden That’s Younger Than It Looks

Create a space that is attractive now and will get better with age

Fine Gardening – Issue 171

They never weeded a bed or planted a seed, but our four teenagers were heartbroken to leave the big garden of their childhood. Why couldn’t we wait 10 years? Where else would they have their graduation parties and weddings? Despite the objections, off we went to a suburban-size lot with a great house and an insipid garden less than two miles away. While I wanted to downsize, I wanted a place for those celebrations, too, not to mention an appealing setting for early morning coffee and summer dinnersand I wanted it quickly.

Many new gardens seemed laden with rows of puny plants interspersed by large gaps of soil. Was it even possible to go straight to bountiful? With the aid of a trusted garden designer, we created a landscape plan for hastened maturity. She ensured that the lines, scale, and bones were wisely situated, and I focused on the…

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