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About Susan Morrison
Susan Morrison is a landscape designer and master gardener located in the Bay Area of Northern California. Her designs have been featured in various publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Cottages and Bungalows, Small Yard Garden Ideas, and Fine Gardening, where she also contributes articles on design and plant selection.
A nationally recognized authority on small-space garden design, Susan has appeared on the groundbreaking PBS series Growing a Greener World and serves as a resource for journalists nationwide. She knows first-hand the challenges and rewards of gardening in a small space. Her own small backyard is a laboratory for fresh design ideas, a test garden for new plants and more importantly, the most popular "room" in her home on a summer evening.
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When it comes to gardens, bigger isn’t always better, and 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.
After explaining the philosophy behind the Creative Cycle, author and garden designer Susan Morrison shows you how to effectively incorporate each of the five elements into a garden plan. Included is a mix of photos and landscape drawings to help bring each concept to life. A chapter on Feng Shui diagnosis identifies common garden problems, and shows how a few modest changes are often all that is required to bring a garden back into balance.
Best of all, there’s no need to rethink your entire garden. By using the Creative Cycle as a guideline, Morrison demonstrates that Feng Shui philosophies don't replace traditional design principles, but instead serve to enhance them. With some simple rearranging of plants and common landscape features, any garden space can become more balanced, harmonious and welcoming.
Vertical gardening is the latest, most talked about trend in gardening. Outdoor living walls planted with anything from succulents to vegetables, are springing up in urban and suburban areas and even commercial spaces. Home gardeners are now ready to take advantage of the vertical spaces in their own gardens. Ornamental gardeners searching for help with narrow planting beds or choosing the appropriate trellis, small space gardeners in need of specific solutions, edible gardeners interested in creative ways to mix edibles with ornamentals will find the help they need. Garden Up! offers inspiration and how-to information for enhancing any outdoor space. Authors Susan Lee Morrison, and Rebecca Sweet offer advice on plant selection across the country, and include easy do-it-yourself projects than add unique touches to any garden.
This innovative book was named to the Top 10 Home & Garden list for Amazon's Best Books of 2011!