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Landscape Design: Small Garden Strategies

August 10, 2017

BIG IDEAS

Small-space design is tricky. With every detail on display, there’s little room for error. Northland Design’s Ryan Talbot and Jeremy Fillmore offer these design tips for creating big impact for a compact landscape.

MAKE MOVEMENT

Breaking up a yard into what Fillmore describes as “moments” gives the illusion that a space is bigger than it is, but a pathway connects the dots. “The serpentine flagstone path leading to the garden area is a reflection of the client’s personality that is fun and imaginative,” he says.

HONOR HISTORY

By building the patio’s brick wall and incorporating a stained-glass window from the dining room, the designers expanded the visual footprint of the home. “[It] provides a bridge from the home’s history to a lively series of urban outdoor living spaces,” Talbot says.

LIGHT IT UP

Keep the party going long into the evening with landscape lights. “The mural is lit from behind with color-changing, dimmable, LED FX lighting,” Fillmore says. The lighting and music is controlled via smart phone.

CREATE CONVERSATION

Dean and Tiffani rarely get a guest that won’t comment or ask questions about the metal trees or mural. “My favorite feature of the yard is a corten steel landscape screen,” Talbot says. “It tells the story of a day in the life of this Avenues community.”

See more inside the Summer 2017 issue.

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