The Secret (To A Small) Garden
DesignSTL|November/December 2018

Kim Reiss, who teaches a class on optimizing tiny garden spaces at Sugar Creek Gardens in Kirkwood, shares her expertise for creating inviting patios and terraces, no matter how tiny.

Samantha Stevenson

FIND OUT THE SUN/SHADE RATIO

“Take a look at your space and get a grip on your sun/shade situation,” Reiss says. “That is the number one thing when you think about plant selection.”

LOOK UP

Don’t overlook vertical surfaces. Reiss recommends installing a trellis and guiding vines so they snake upward. Going vertical might also mean placing pots on window ledges for a decorative element. What to plant: clematis and climbing hydrangeas

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