The problem was how to convert a small backyard in Georgetown, Washington DC into an attractive and sustainable garden. The seven simple steps may not be quite so simple if you are not a garden designer, but even so they should give you some great ideas as to how to make the best use of a small space. This is from an article by Joanna Fortnam which I found on the Garden Design Magazine website.

Georgetown, one of the oldest parts of Washington, D.C., where the town houses stand shoulder to shoulder on narrow streets, conceals many a green oasis. When garden designer William Morrow began making his enclosed backyard five years ago, he was instinctively drawn to the Old-World vocabulary of stone and gravel; lush, romantic planting; antique statuary; and weathered artifacts. But the space he had to deal with, at 1,686 square feet, was less than aristocratic. He adapted his vision accordingly.
?I knew the space needed strong lines to contain the chaos of my perennial beds. I trial a lot of plants before using them in a client?s garden, so I?m constantly replanting. I also needed a space that was flexible and that would look good because I like to entertain a lot,? he says. Construction was ?challenging,? but as Morrow explains, his approach breaks down into simple steps:

  1. Start with the house
    One of Morrow?s goals was an area for outdoor entertaining next to the house?but he did not want the existing architecture to dictate the design. His 1890s Victorian house, although pretty from the street, is just a ?brick box? at the back. Morrow?s response was to cover it with wisteria, and, like a theatrical backdrop, the leafy curtain strikes the right note against the wrought-iron furniture and weathered stone on the patio.

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