small gardens

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    Strategies for Optimizing a Small Garden Space

    When I began designing gardens more than 20 years ago, I was surprised to find that smaller spaces were often more challenging to plan than larger ones. In those early…

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    Episode 153: Compact Plants for Tight Spaces

    Every gardener wishes they had 25 acres to garden on, right? Well, maybe not, but most of us do dream of a healthy amount of ground to build beds and…

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    8 Great Columnar Trees for the Midwest

    Vertical elements in the landscape become “visual beacons” and act not only as focal points but as elements of accent and contributors of scale. Narrow and columnar deciduous trees can…

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    Two Plans for Small Urban Gardens With Big Impact

    Whether you live in an urban setting or a slightly larger suburban spot, space can often be a factor when it comes to garden choices. We all face a conundrum:…

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    Shrubs for Small Spaces in the Northeast

    Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, discusses several small shrub varieties that provide big interest in a petite package as…

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    Two Takes on a Courtyard Garden

    Some may say that the risks involved with designing a small space are far less than those associated with designing a big one. After all, if you mess up, you…

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    Trees for Tight Spaces

    Think you don't have room? Never feel restricted again with these small problem solvers