secret garden on urban plot street entrance to house with brick walkway, trellis and arch
Photo: Dale Horchner

Garden Paradise Made

On a corner lot in the city, with an alley running along the back, it can be quite a challenge to create private outdoor space. Holly Fliniau knows, because that's exactly the situation she faced when she moved into this Denver home, in 1993.

She didn't really have a plan when she started landscaping the property, but what evolved could be a textbook example of good garden design. She created a series of "rooms" that flow into one another and yet each have a distinct sense of place. Vine-covered fences and arbors shield various seating areas from the streets and the alley but don't come across as unfriendly walls. And generous plantings on both sides of the sidewalks give neighbors plenty to enjoy as they walk by on their way to the neighborhood park.

Shown: Salvaged and new porch posts painted with the same colors support an arch and trellises along the garden's street side.
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