The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard (Hardcover)

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“Gives homeowners solid ideas to help transform small gardens into a personalized, thoughtful, and unique destinations.” —Gardenista 

When it comes to gardens, bigger isn’t always better. A smaller space requires fewer plants and less time to design, install, and maintain. The Less Is More Garden shows you how to take advantage of every square foot of space. Designer Susan Morrison offers savvy tips to match your landscape to your lifestyle, draws on years of experience to recommend smart plants with seasonal interest, and suggests hardscape materials to personalize your space. Inspiring photographs highlight a variety of inspiring small-space designs from around the country. With The Less Is More Garden, you’ll see how limited space can mean unlimited opportunities for gorgeous garden design. 

About the Author

Susan Morrison is a nationally recognized landscape designer and authority on small-space garden design. She has shared her strategies on the PBS series, Growing a Greener World and in publications such as Fine Gardening. Morrison has also served as editor-in-chief of The Designer, a digital magazine produced by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. 

Praise For…

“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

“This book by Susan Morrison will give you big ideas for your small garden.” —Garden Design

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

“Gain valuable insights into developing a signature garden style.” —Garden Design Newsletter

“Yes, your minuscule yard can look this magical. . . . take a cue from gardening expert Susan Morrison.” —Architectural Digest

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

“Whether you’re designing your first garden on a small lot or downsizing from a large garden to a smaller space, you’ll find practical and helpful planning advice and inspirational photos in The Less Is More Garden.” —Digging

“An excellent resource for making gorgeous smaller gardens.” —Country Gardens

The Less is More Garden is filled with the wisdom honed from Susan's experience as a designer, lots of practical advice and stylish examples of her less is more approach.” —Three Dogs in a 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

“Full of example plans and images illustrating the strategies described in the text. It is written in a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow style that makes this a great read, as well as a great resource for any gardener looking to improve their small yard.” —The Gardener for Canadian Climates​
Product Details
ISBN: 9781604697919
ISBN-10: 1604697911
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: February 7th, 2018
Pages: 224
Language: English