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Why not try a few small terraced areas around a pool ? Terracing makes plants easier to get to for weeding and pruning, as well as adding a 3rd dimension to an otherwise flat landscape. Small aquatic gardens, or even multi-layer gardens can make a big difference in the look of a small-area garden. Vertical gardening is big in southeast Asia, where living space is measured by the square foot, not by the acre. Why not try some basket gardens? Who says baskets have to be just 10 or 12 inches in diameter? Try a larger basket, say a 24 inch diameter? "Containerscaping" is a popular tactic, using clusters of pots of differing heights to show off different sizes and textures and colors of plants. This tactic works really well on balconies and decks where horizontal space can be a real problem. Look at how other cities use confined spaces to get ideas for your yard or terrace or garden. There are numerous books on small space gardens, pick up a few and try some of the techniques. Experiment ! It's OK to fail a few times; that is how we learn new methods.
|A really BIG basket garden|
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