A Small Garden Full of Wonder: Keebler Residence by Troy Rhone Gardens

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Sometimes, you might think that if you have a small home, professional landscaping really isn’t necessary: there’s not enough space to bother with, right? Well, these pictures from Troy Rhone Garden Design might make you think again. This is a compact space, but every inch is used to its fullest, from the stone driveway edged with a profusion of ferns, petunias, and decorative greenery of all sorts, to the heart-shaped carving on a hidden wood gate. Carefully trimmed shrubs give privacy and shade to the front entrance — without blocking it from view. And who doesn’t love the cheering sight of a window box overflowing with trailing tendrils of ivy, geraniums, and other gorgeous blooms? Just a look at it first thing in the morning is enough to bring a smile all day.

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The back yard has its own glory — through that hidden gate you’ll find treasures galore. Stone planters stand as a solid border next to towering trees, climbing blue-green vines, and lacy ferns, even as they hold cascading ground cover plantings. With a splash, green plants become sparklers in the sunlight, while high hedges, low-lying hostas, and small rock edges trim a beautiful sand-colored pebble “garden” that leads to statuary. It’s fronted by a tiny circular “lawn” edged with a succulent border. This spot, although sun-dappled, is mostly a quiet, shady “room” that becomes a retreat without walls. So, even in a limited space, this garden offers bright color — an exuberant bank of daisies here, a cluster of purple petunias and morning glories there — and serene green that provides a welcome respite anytime.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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