Urban Gardens: Terrific Tight Spaces

You don't need a half-acre to design an outstanding garden; actually, you don't even need more than a balcony. Here, we help you realize the gardening potential of your urban space.

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Urban gardens layout needs a simple, clear geometry that follows existing lines in the architecture and a limited number of plants that maintan interest, such as grasses and large-leaved foliage.

Paved or decked surfaces help to increase functional space and can further unifying the home's spaces by using outdoor materials selected to match interior finishes. Built-in seating fits architecturally, but can limit the flexibility of the garden.

As shown here, stylish furniture, the repeated use of identical containers and a water features propelled by jets offers drama and rhythm for the eyes and ears.

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Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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