The Less Is More Garden

The Less Is More Garden : Big ideas for Designing Your Small Yard

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When it comes to gardens, bigger isn't always better. A larger space requires more plants, more furniture, more maintenance, and more time. A smallerspace takes less time to design, install, and care for and makes it easierfor gardeners to take advantage of every square foot of space. The Less Is More Garden shows you how to take advantage of a small yard. Designer Susan Morrison offers dozens of savvy tips on how to personalize a space to match a specific lifestyle, draws on her years of experience to recommend smart plants that will provide seasonal interest, and suggests hardscape materials that match many different aesthetics. Throughout, tips are supplemented by inspiring photographs that show a variety of successful designs from around the country. Use the tips found in The Less Is More Garden to turn your standard lot into a unique space that is lovely, family friendly, and low maintenance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 225 pages
  • 191 x 254 x 17.78mm | 861.83g
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • English
  • 225 colour photographs
  • 1604697911
  • 9781604697919
  • 605,566

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"Susan Morrison has a knack for creating lush, inviting gardens in the most awkward of spaces. Her most imaginative and unexpected tricks are found in this guide--the perfect combination of dreamy, aspirational, and doable." --Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Drunken Botanist

"Completely inspired! A wonderful book loaded with Susan's wisdom, practical advice, and beautiful examples for achieving stunning results." --Joe Lamp'l, host of PBS TV series, Growing a Greener World; founder of

"A superb and thoughtful boost of design inspiration to professionals and homeowners alike--a veritable abundance of simple pleasures!" --Lisa Port, national president of Association of Professional Landscape Designers

"Susan helps us see our gardens through the lens of simplicity and ease. Her tips are practical, fresh, and inspiring." --Theresa Loe, founder of Living Homegrown

"Garden designer Morrison explains that the wonder of the small garden arises from its high degree of outdoor pleasure combined with the benefits of intimacy, manageability, and individuality. Her illuminating new book shows garden lovers the way to achieve the full measure of this effect. . . . The inviting use of more than 260 color photographs, in conjunction with planting charts and sample illustrations, creates an inspiring vision for even the most humble gardener who hopes to create a version of sustainable paradise." --Publishers Weekly

"The Less is More Garden by Susan Morrison for Timber Press delivers what it promises--big ideas. . . . In design, constraints such as limited space often inspire creative solutions and great ideas. Morrison's work is evidence of this premise, although I suspect she would shine in any setting." --NYBG's Plant Talk

"The Less is More Garden gives homeowners, gardeners, and plant enthusiasts solid ideas to help transform small gardens into a personalized, thoughtful, and unique destinations. Through well-chosen pictorial examples, and the comprehensive coverage of the major design considerations, Morrison demonstrates that an inviting, detailed, family-friendly, and even lush garden can be created with minimal space." --Gardenista

"Numerous practical ideas for fine-tuning the design of [your] outdoor world." --A Way To Garden

"Morrison's practical, readable style expands on key points via case studies and illustrations anyone can relate to. The book is full of light-bulb moments. You find yourself thinking, 'Why, yes, of course, ' while wondering why such terrific insights on gardens, design, and outdoor enhancements hadn't dawned on you before." --Gardening Gone Wild

"There is inspiration on just about every page." --Star Tribune

"So good I'd recommend it to professional designers as well as homeowners--we all need fresh inspiration and this book has that in abundance." --Le Jardinet

"The book is loaded with style-savvy tips, plants that promise seasonal interest, and hardscape ideas for small gardens. Case studies offer plenty of inspiring fodder. . . both for homeowners and for designers." --California Landscape Design
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