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There’s More than One Way to be Bold

Whether you are designing for the front or the back, creating impact is all about balance

Fine Gardening - Issue 146
Any garden can be bold, like that of Marilyn Wallace. The spaces she creates, indoors and out, emphasize strong elements balanced by more delicate or intricate ones (or just empty space). When she moved to her home in British Columbia, she finally had the space to plant a garden fitting her tastes. Her yards, however, gave her two planting conditions to work with: a front yard on bedrock in full sun and a backyard on deep, rich soil in partial shade. They limited her plant choices and, thus, gave her a reason to plant two very different bold gardens. Marilyn took these designs just far enough to be memorable, knowing when to back off so that the designs didn’t cross the line between being bold and being obnoxious. The key was to intensify one detail and no more. This, thankfully, wasn’t too difficult a task. With Lots of Leaves, Limit…

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  1. user-7680741 04/12/2020

    I really like the layout of the plants and shrubs in the first picture. Is there any way to get the list of the plants? Some are obvious but some are not for me. Thanks. Syl

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