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City Backyard Garden

Turn any small space into an oasis with the right plants.

"My friend Barry has created an aspiring oasis in his small, urban backyard. Each corner is well considered, yet packed to the gills with an ever-changing palette of exciting flowers and unusual plants," says Gayla Trail, founder of the popular blog, You Grow Girl, and author of Grow Great Grub. "Take the eastern wall of his deck for example — so much is packed into a small space, yet looking at it is soothing, like a long, deep breath. The highlight here is ‘Goldheart’ English ivy, a dwarf variety that contrasts beautifully with the plain concrete wall dividing his deck and the neighbour’s."

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