Eric Sternfels calls garden making "an interesting, quiet labor," which has resulted in a unique landscape filled with usable ideas. With a background in architecture, he designed a garden in a long narrow space behind his vintage 1840s home in Philadelphia. His passion for the art of plant placement is manifested in such simple, yet elegant solutions for an overly shaded, narrow yard that's just 18 feet wide by 150 feet long.
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Lovely, light tone pedestals become the basis for planted pots that flank the entry to the patio, positioned without symmetry for more dynamic arrangements. With the path as a spine through the landscape, this space and many other small vignettes become spur interests along the way. Though it may appear static, this garden is largely transitional, both in a physical and visual sense.