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Small Garden Design

Penguin Random Australia. Sept. 2019. 272p. ISBN 9780143785774. $60. GARDENING
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According to award-winning landscape designer Bangay (The Defined Garden), “the smaller the space, the harder it is to design.” With 25 years of experience planning gardens in his native Australia as well as around the world, Bangay here tackles the challenge to help gardeners make the most of their limited spaces. Divided into two parts—including type of space, such as rooftop or courtyard, and building blocks, such as wall treatments and paving—the guide’s concise advice is complemented by gorgeous color photographs that further illustrate Bangay’s points. A limited guide to plantings is also included.
VERDICT Professional landscape designers will find plenty to ponder here. Even as the overall vibe is more upscale Architectural Digest than down-to-earth Better Homes and Gardens, there is enough practical wisdom seeded among the dreamy images that even home gardeners will find a tip or two to apply to their own cherished plots of verdant happiness.

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