The Little Garden

The Little Garden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... of any small formal garden. Grass-walks are the perfect ones for the very little garden--they are less interrupting than those of gravel, or even of brick; although in a rainy season they have their practical disadvantages, because of upkeep and dampness, as well as because a true edge here is difficult to secure and to maintain. Several materials present themselves as suitable for walks in the little garden: gravel--which I have used and do not like, because of the weeds, which do like it; slate, or flagging, and in New England there is to be had a greenish slate, which should furnish a fine medium for short and narrow walks; and brick, the best of all; concrete I do not mention because I object to it in gardens. Where brick or stone is used, it should be laid upon sand, gravel, or cinders. Such a foundation should be at least six inches deep, and deeper if possible. The width of garden walks is governed entirely by the size of surrounding spaces, and this your plan will show. Have as few walks as possible, however, on a small property. They take space. Keep them straight, or at right angles to each other. Then they may serve as axes of a general plan, wholly outside of their first reason for being. Where gravel is used, a straight edge of turf for one's beds or borders of flowers is usually necessary; or a tiny well-trimmed hedge of barberry, or of box where climate permits. An interesting recessing of the lines of very low hedges outlining beds of flowers is sometimes managed successfully. This is usually planned only where beds bordering walks are long and narrow; and where the interruption of that long line is agreeable. I have seen such hedges, six inches high, turned at right angles back from a walk, to form a recess just large enough more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565436
  • 9781236565433