Just in case you forgot what our little urban garden looked like when we moved in, the photo below should refresh your memory. We started with the fence erected by the previous homeowners, a lone tree which we moved from one side of the yard to the other (the small circle of dead grass marks its prior location), a flat expanse of grass and some crumbling sidewalks. I'm standing in for the sculpture that my husband, Mark, proposed to create as a centerpiece to give the garden focus and scale.
You can see from the picture above that we accomplished our dream: The sculpture's in place, we installed all the brick hardscaping we'd designed, and had areas at each end of the garden where we could sit and enjoy our handiwork. The garden was lush and lovely and every inch of space was full — from the borders to the raised rock garden located at the far left in the above photo.