How to make the most of your small garden, from one of Australia's most high-profile landscape designers.
Paul Bangay is renowned for the expansive and elegant gardens with classical lines and symmetrical plantings that he has created in Australia and all over the world. Yet gardens on this grand scale are not accessible to everyone. With more of us living in apartments, townhouses and terraces, our gardens are now being squeezed into small spaces such as balconies, courtyards, lightwells or rooftops – and this makes for challenging garden design.
In Small Garden Design, Paul applies his 25 years of experience with gardens of all sizes to reveal how best to structure, design and choose plants for small spaces. Chapters on Balconies & Terraces, Rooftops, Inner City, Lightwells and Courtyards are lavishly illustrated with photos by Simon Griffiths and enhanced with lots of practical tips on plant types, paving, irrigation, soil, outdoor dining, lighting and making the space appear larger. In this accessible and practical book, Paul shows us ‘how to make the most of the small space you have, and how to transform it into the paradise that we all aspire to’.
“For many city dwellers, a balcony or terrace is the only form of outdoor space. Acclaimed landscape designer Paul Bangay tackles the biggest challenge in making – and keeping – these tricky areas green in his new book, Small Garden Design”
Australian Women's Weekly
“The guru of landscape gardening, Paul Bangay . . . has all the inspiration (thanks to photos by Steve Griffiths) and practical tips to turn your balcony, rooftop, small yard, courtyard or lightwell (basically a room without a roof in the centre of a building) into an outdoor paradise”
“There is enough practical wisdom seeded among the dreamy images that even home gardeners will find a tip or two to apply to their own cherished plots of verdant happiness”
Library Journal, US
“Has given me a few ideas about what I might do to smarten up our courtyard”
Deborah Bogle, Adelaide Advertiser