The urban meadow: For small, budget-conscious gardens
Landscape designer Sean Knibb believes in mixing up plants, flowers and vegetables.
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The urban meadow( Ann Johansson / For The Times )
A walkway of square recycled concrete pavers and gravel arranged to resemble a city skyline leads from Knibb's office to a dining area made from reclaimed lumber. Inspired by the renewed interest in prefabricated housing, Knibb says his small-space, budget-conscious gardens sprang from an attempt to create a design template that is "as close to a kit as I can make it." The gardens contain some four-dozen low-maintenance plants that provide year-round color and interest surrounded by basic hardscape materials that can be configured in a variety of ways.
Here, boxwood and oak leaf hydrangea grow against the side of the structure. Knibb used beech trees to anchor the beds that flank the path. The beds contain a profusion of white guara and purple flowering verbena. (Keep clicking to see them up-close.)