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Making Room for Color and Creativity in the Garden

Transform an overgrown, unused property into an exuberant garden full of color and fun

Fine Gardening - Issue 192
Orange adds vitality. To bring energy and personality to an area, use a vibrant color. It perks up any area, and if you can’t find plants that will work, turn to art and hardscape to do the trick. Photo: DoreenWynja.com

It was happy chance when a current client said, “We have a new neighbor, Kim, with a great energy about her who needs garden help.” A short walk later we were knocking on her front door. Our meeting quickly blossomed into an invigorating garden collaboration and friendship.

With an unapologetic appreciation for color, and an ability to maximize every nook and cranny and penchant for fun, Kim has energy, personality, and positivity that are clearly reflected in her exuberant garden. But her garden wasn’t always that way. The front yard was dominated by a thicket of dense bamboo and overgrown camellia. One side yard—narrow, dark, and plagued with drainage problems—was a utilitarian pass-through, while the other lacked cohesiveness with its awkward unused spaces. The backyard, deprived of privacy, was a patchy sloped lawn surrounded by a newly erected, dark, chain-link fence to keep Kim’s dogs in. What started as a…

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