Big Ideas for Small Gardens has its roots on the West Coast, thousands of miles away from the Haywards' New England, and, just as a plant might be, is adapted to a notably different niche in the gardening world. Authors Emily Young and Dave Egbert present a very visual take on translating large-scale garden schemes into smaller quarters. The heart of the book is an abundance of inspiring photos, all of which are helpfully and thoroughly captioned. But there's plenty of garden smarts beyond the eye candy, and in fact, if you can manage not to be distracted by the gorgeous pictures, the section Big Concepts offers a lucid overview of essential landscape design principles that are relevant to any garden, of any size, anywhere.

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