Joyce's Tiny Terrace
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Cambria Bold
Aug 12, 2011

Name: Joyce T.
Location: New York, NY
Size: 75 square feet

Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: My plants! Clematis and grape hyacinths bloomed in the spring. Strawberries, tomatoes, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, catmint, and lemon balm are growing right now. I also have a dwarf blueberry and fig tree this year—no fruit, though. I appreciate the foliage.

Biggest Design Challenge With This Space: My terrace measures 2 ½ ft x 30 ft. To avoid the bowling alley effect, I broke up the space by placing one planter along the interior wall. The biggest gardening challenge is keeping the plants happy in full southern exposure without a water tap located on the terrace. I have to lug water to fill the sub-irrigated planters that just fit the narrow width of the space.

Tips for Creating a Great Small Outdoor Space: If the space allows, think about it as if it's a regular room with different zones of activity. Use outdoor fabrics for upholstery. Take your time and get to know what plants are suited for your particular environment.

Thanks, Joyce, and good luck!

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