Garden ideas from city walks

The challenge: Ruth Ramsey’s garden is a mere 18 by 25 feet and surrounded by three-story walls. That hasn’t stopped her from transforming it into an outdoor dining room.

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Small gardens grow up

Gardening in a small space can be challenging because each component of a small garden is critical to its success.

I lived in New York for several years and learned some creative ways to garden in small spaces. A city garden, for those lucky enough to have one, tends to be narrow and long with limited amounts of sunlight. These challenging spaces require well-informed decisions when it comes to planting.

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The Best City Garden

City gardens and country gardens are different—not only in the amount of space each can fill, but in the types and quantities of foods that can be produced. Where the country garden can lounge over a half acre, the city garden must fit in tight spaces and nudge around decorative plants and kid’s play areas. The country garden can accommodate low-producing plants that require relatively large plots of land, like corn, but the city garden must achieve the highest productivity from the smallest parcel. This article will help you plan the best city garden you can grow—and, perhaps, give some new ideas to country gardeners as well.


Gardening, like everything else we hope will succeed, begins with a plan. I’m going to explain how I planned my city garden and, in the process, help you plan yours. Pencil and paper (or a computer keyboard) are your initial gardening tools. The best time to do this is about January, when you begin to long for springtime, and the gardening catalogs begin to arrive in the mail.

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Landscaping Your Yard

The yard is the most neglected part of the house. But with a proper planning the yard can also be made attractive. Landscaping yards are the designs that are made to make the yard attractive. Design plans for front yard landscaping and design ideas for the back usually have different purposes. Most front yards generally follow a purpose of accessibility and invitation. It’ serves more as a frontage and we spend very little time there. So generally consist of walkways and driveways. Backyards are meant for more practical purposes like gardening, entertaining or simply for spending leisure hours. The designs for both therefore differ dramatically.

Creating curb appeal in landscaping yards is a good idea for adding value, a sense of invitation, and to frame the picture of one’s home. A simple design also works best in the front yard. Since the backyard is where people spend most of their time, spending more energy and money here is preferable. Landscaping yards also include proper planning and ideas. A professional landscape designer often provides the right guidance.

Residential landscaping yards are designed to help plan and maintain the front and back yards. These yards are generally given shape with proper landscape edging. The flooring for the front yard can be done with bricks or stones. This gives a classic dimension to the planning.

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