Planning a small garden

Plan details carefully to make efficient use of small spaces

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Devote a large portion of the property to hardscape. It's irksome, but the reality is that the smaller the garden, the greater the ratio of hardscape to greenery. Fortunately, avid horticulturist though she is, Moore knew from the start that if she didn't include room for people as well as plants, she wouldn't have a garden.

Try it out on paper. Once Moore knew what she wanted to include-a dining alcove, a water feature, and several places for guests to sit-the challenge was figuring out how to fit it all in. She measured the yard, drew it to scale, covered the sheet with vellum, and tried out designs until she came up with a configuration that pleased her. With this sketch and photos from her files, Moore was able to give clear instructions to the crew she hired to install the garden.

Indulge in premium materials where they'll count. Moore opted for top-grade materials in select places. The Salmon Bay pebbles used in the pathway are a good example. Moore chose this material over less expensive pea gravel because a pathway in a garden as small and narrow as hers-basically 10 feet deep by 50 feet across-was too prominent not to be decorative. Because they're so visible, the tiles in the garden, even the ones destined to be broken up, were also first-rate pieces.

 

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