An urban garden in full bloom
Photo: Jill Slater
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Urban Garden Oasis

The finished garden, two years later: Perennials, such as hydrangeas, astilbe, and roses, line the edges; annuals fill the curved beds with bright color, and ivy, euonymus, and yew provide winter green.

Furnishing the garden has been a flea-market affair. I acquired the chairs and the cast-iron table over several seasons, but the low tables I made from broken pieces of marble epoxied onto inexpensive plant stands salvaged from a friend's basement. The broken edges on the marble complement the Secret Garden feel of the overgrown space. For a final touch, TOH features editor Amy Hughes built the fountain from a salvaged urn.
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