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January/February 2017 California Bountiful magazine

Gardening advice to grow from



Advice: Ignore the "small yard, small trees" rule. Instead, for a larger looking garden, plant tall, not wide, trees around the edges so the eye is drawn up and out.—Dell Richards, publicist and gardener, Sacramento

My take: Dell Richards gardens in one of Sacramento's oldest neighborhoods. The trees are tall and mature. Most of the homes have small front yards, but deep back gardens. Richards has filled her garden with big plantings of a single color, rather than lots of different plants, for an impressive and cohesive effect. She always tells me to overplant beds, but to also leave some "negative space" for balance and so the eye can rest.


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