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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You can feel Eric's light humor injected into small vignettes, like this kettle, that offer welcome relief from the expanses of green foliage. These are the transitional payoffs for visitors to small gardens where space is too limited for major focal points. Eric composed a series of mini views within the garden itself, offering interest in every direction while the plants provide the framework.