The Less Is More Garden

Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard


By Susan Morrison

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“Big ideas for your small garden.” —Garden Design

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.

  • “Garden designer Morrison explains that the wonder of the small garden arises from its high degree of outdoor pleasure combined with the benefits of intimacy, manageability, and individuality. Her illuminating new book shows garden lovers the way to achieve the full measure of this effect. . . . The inviting use of more than 260 color photographs, in conjunction with planting charts and sample illustrations, creates an inspiring vision for even the most humble gardener who hopes to create a version of sustainable paradise.” —Publishers Weekly

    The Less is More Garden by Susan Morrison for Timber Press delivers what it promises—big ideas. . . . In design, constraints such as limited space often inspire creative solutions and great ideas. Morrison’s work is evidence of this premise, although I suspect she would shine in any setting.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk

    “This book by Susan Morrison will give you big ideas for your small garden.” —Garden Design

    The Less is More Garden gives homeowners, gardeners, and plant enthusiasts solid ideas to help transform small gardens into a personalized, thoughtful, and unique destinations. Through well-chosen pictorial examples, and the comprehensive coverage of the major design considerations, Morrison demonstrates that an inviting, detailed, family-friendly, and even lush garden can be created with minimal space.” —Gardenista

    “Gain valuable insights into developing a signature garden style.” —Garden Design Newsletter

    “Yes, your minuscule yard can look this magical. . . . take a cue from gardening expert Susan Morrison.” —Architectural Digest

    “Numerous practical ideas for fine-tuning the design of [your] outdoor world.” —A Way To Garden 

    “Whether you’re designing your first garden on a small lot or downsizing from a large garden to a smaller space, you’ll find practical and helpful planning advice and inspirational photos in The Less Is More Garden.” —Digging

    “An excellent resource for making gorgeous smaller gardens.” —Country Gardens

    “Susan Morrison has a knack for creating lush, inviting gardens in the most awkward of spaces. Her most imaginative and unexpected tricks are found in this guide—the perfect combination of dreamy, aspirational, and doable.” —Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Drunken Botanist

    “Completely inspired! A wonderful book loaded with Susan’s wisdom, practical advice, and beautiful examples for achieving stunning results.” —Joe Lamp’l, host of PBS TV series, Growing a Greener World; founder of
    “A superb and thoughtful boost of design inspiration to professionals and homeowners alike—a veritable abundance of simple pleasures!” —Lisa Port, national president of Association of Professional Landscape Designers

    “Susan helps us see our gardens through the lens of simplicity and ease. Her tips are practical, fresh, and inspiring.” —Theresa Loe, founder of Living Homegrown

On Sale
Feb 7, 2018
Page Count
224 pages
Timber Press

Susan Morrison

Susan Morrison

About the Author

Susan Morrison is a nationally recognized landscape designer and authority on small-space garden design. She has shared her strategies on the PBS series, Growing a Greener World and in publications such as Fine Gardening. Morrison has also served as editor-in-chief of The Designer, a digital magazine produced by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. 

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