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Is your yard or garden small on space? Get big ideas for making the most out of your outdoor sanctuary

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Glowing entry
Photo by Chris Leschinsky

Glowing entry

In the wine country of San Luis Obispo, CA, where the hills surrounding the rolling vineyards are golden much of the year, homeowners Jim and Jamie deYong wanted a garden that mimics those sunny hues. They enlisted the help of designer Ryan Fortini (, who planted a half-dozen species of ornamental grasses in neat rows near the perimeter of the garden, tying it to neighboring vineyards. In the front and back courtyards, carex and other short grasses continue the theme, while fiery foliage and flowering plants such as Kniphofia add to the mood. It’s a simple formula that can produce striking results in any garden, even with no vineyard nearby.

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