Submitted by gsparrow on Sat, 09/26/2020 - 09:59

LIVING MY ENTIRE life on the small, suburban, central New Jersey property that I have inhabited since the age of one and being interested in the cultivation of a vast array of plants has always been a challenge for me. By small, I mean a 50 ft by 100 ft (15 m by 30 m) lot that also includes a 35 ft by 35 ft (10 m by 10 m) dwelling and a 20 ft by 20 ft (6 m by 6 m) detached garage, not to mention a driveway, paved and gravel walks, and a raised patio. By vast array of plants, I mean any sort of hardy, alpine-like, dwarf woody or succulent plant that inspires and satisfies my regard for the beauty, geometry, and care of nature. Well, those are the ones that this narrative focuses on anyway; there are many other plant types in the garden. I have found that the small size of many alpine plants works to my advantage in assembling troughs that sustain my passion. Every outdoor space on my tiny property is used in some way for planting or caring for plants.