Simple Projects, Contemporary Designs
Photography by Saxon Holt
Chronicle Books, distributed by SPG
because you have a small garden, doesn't mean you can't cram it
full of fun features, from intriguing plant combinations to secluded
spots to relax and arty flourishes that add personality.
Courtyards and patios
are a way of life for many New Zealand gardeners and although Small
Patios is written from an American perspective, the concepts
covered apply the world over. Hazel White has set out to provide
practical, step-by-step instructions for outdoor dining areas, sitting
areas, entrance patios and horticultural hideaways.
project is discussed in depth, with lists of tools and 'ingredients'
- plants, furniture and paving materials, for example. The emphasis
is firmly on how to do it yourself, with tips on improving drainage,
laying paths and tiles for a professional result.
It's rare to find such
a level of detail in a garden design book - usually they are all
pretty pictures and no information. Which is not to say that the
photos come second in Small Patios. They are fabulous!
One of my favourite projects
was the grass wave (right) patio. What an eye-catching idea this
is to soften the often rigid line between the lawn and an outdoor
dining area. I'm sure it is a real talking point for its owners.
Small Patios is
well worth having because it recognises that imagination is the
only real boundary in a small garden - so go to it and make the
most of your space, even if it is limited.
Gardener, Issue 88, December 13-27, 2001, Page 30
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH