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Crevice Gardening with Kenton Seth

These gardens make use of every spare inch, creating havens for rare species

We love crevice gardens—from their organic shapes and dimension to their interest and uniqueness. Crevice gardens are gardens created in the nooks and crannies between rock groupings. The plants get tucked into sometimes unimaginable spaces where they not only survive but thrive. Also called rock gardens, crevice gardens have become a popular way to create interest in smaller yards as well as preserve water use. We couldn’t love crevice gardens without also loving the work of Kenton Seth. Kenton, based in Colorado and owner of Paintbrush Gardens, is an amazingly talented garden designer with an extraordinary knack for creating native, unirrigated crevices gardens in both residential and commercial settings. We asked Kenton about his inspiration for creating these gardens and for some techniques and tips for successful planting and drainage.

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  1. mjtrusz 01/02/2020

    This is such a beautiful addition to thinking about challenging areas in a garden. I have just begun to experiment with crevice gardening on a hot gentle slope in my Massachusetts garden. I am so inspired to continue with such beautiful examples. Thank you

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