George, who owns a landscape firm, sat with his designers to sketch out a plan. Then his crew began to gradually transform the yard, the back one summer and the front the next, fitting in the work between client jobs.
Today, George marvels that he got everything he wanted on his small property, yet it doesn't feel cramped. "It's a cozy space," he says. "But people say 'Holy cow!' when they walk into the backyard. They are blown away by how much is going on." Here are some of the design strategies he and his team used to turn a once featureless space into a lush, varied landscape.