Take advantage of any vertical surfaces. to double as supporters for climbing plants. Horizontals too, such as the uppermost area of shrubs, fixed ropes and wires. The very tops of boundary walls and fences, may all be employed as homes to climbers. Planting need not be confined to traditional borders. Raised beds, forming attractive features in their own right, may be used to accomodate a whole range of plants for which there may otherwise be insuficient space.
They are especially good for alpines and those subjects which are in need of sharp drainage. All manner of containers from terracota pots
and classical urns to troughs and discarded sinks, can be employed either singly or in groups to form attractive, colorful arrangements.
An advantage to this type of gardening is that pots may be set aside, or replanted, once their season of interest has passed. Do not overlook the potential of exterior walls, as well as being clothed by climbers, they may be furnished with hanging pots, baskets or window boxes to lift and brighten what might be dismissed as uninteresting facades.
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FROM THE EDITOR
I usually write/say what is necessary in the beginning, this time I went the other way. The book was a present, I checked it out, 4 years ago and put aside not meaning much at the time for your humble servant.
What a pleasure it was reading it again slowly, with the feeling I was looking at an x ray of the garden, my views and practice, without ever thinking or imagining like this.
You certainly noticed It was not written by me, the language, vocabulary, tone, register, the whole. Perhaps the best is a lack of superlatives and exaggeration. Simple and clear.
While reading, I decided to illustrate with photos of my Caribbean garden what the British author describes as some of the elements of the small garden, that inventory apart, mine seems to comply perfectly.
that is that