3 Simple Garden Design Tips

Jan Johnsen garden and photo - Heaven is a Garden     

Jill Sell of the Cleveland Plain Dealer just wrote a lovely review of my book,  'Heaven is a Garden': 

"As life gets more hectic, we seek homes and gardens that are refuges from the chaos. It doesn't matter if we have a five-acre property, suburban half acre or a balcony off our apartment; a garden that provides serenity is a treasure. 

Jan Johnsen's Heaven is a Garden (St. Lynn's Press) is a gem of a little book that provides both inspiration and practical suggestions for creating our own garden sanctuaries. 

from Heaven is a Garden

A few of her thoughts:
• A cozy, sheltered corner can be created next to your home by using the rear wall as one side of the corner and a low hedge as the other side. Johnsen calls the result "a wonderful niche for a small table and chairs. "

• Plant beds shaped as spirals are most captivating, according to the author. Try compact herbs, low boxwood hedges or lavender to define the spiral shape. 

• Consider a loop path for your back yard, which "allows people to walk the perimeter of a garden, looking inward from different view points," suggests Johnsen. 

Heaven is a Garden 

"You can place different garden elements along this encircling path, creating places where people might pause. The stopping points lead people from one destination point to the next, bringing them back to where they began."

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  2. My husband and I just moved into our home and are going to start working on the landscaping soon. I love the idea of having a loop path through the pack yard. The big stones used in the path looks awesome! I will have to show this to my husband and see what he thinks. http://greatlandtree.com/landscaping-service

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  4. Thanks for your landscaping design tips, Jan. I love the picture with the stepping stones. It gives a great cottage feel. I'll have to consider that when I do some landscaping next spring. http://landscapesbydesigninc.com


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