A perfect fit for Outdoor Month, author Stuart Emmrich gives the The New York Times a first person account of the transformation of his Midtown Manhattan garden space. Using the expertise of garden designer Don Statham of Bloom Design and James Stephenson of the Artist Garden (and some advice from personal friends) Emmrich's budget of $15,000 creates a purposeful, relaxing and cohesive space...
The new garden's Pennsylvania blustone patio is a huge improvement! The article offers great tips (like multiples of just a few kinds of plants to create uniformity) on creating a simple outdoor space to enjoy.
Check it out: A Garden Reborn and extensive slideshow of before and after images and tons of tips.
(Images: Evan Abramson for The New York Times)