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.
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.