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LH 71: How to Refresh Your Garden Design

Refreshing Your Existing Garden With Simple Design Tricks

Have you ever stepped out into your existing garden and suddenly realized it has lost its sparkle?

It may have looked fabulous when planted it many years ago, but now things are looking…well, shabby at best.

Some plants have outgrown their space, while others are looking like they are on their way out. The problem is, you aren’t sure what needs to be done and you’re worried you might have to start all over.


Well, fear not.

On today’s episode, I interview the fabulous garden designer Rebecca Sweet and she walks us through some simple steps to determining what’s WRONG with our existing landscape.

And THEN…She tells us exactly how to fix it!!

She spills the beans on all the tricks the landscape designers know by heart. (The best part is… it’s all so EASY!)

And yes, we discuss edibles too!

You will learn:

  • How garden design is like musical theory
  • Why our garden may have lost its luster
  • The most important step in garden redesign
  • What does it really mean to “edit”
  • What is an echo and why it is important
  • When is the best time of year to refresh
  • How can we create optical illusions

Guest: Rebecca Sweet


Rebecca is the owner of the garden design firm Harmony in the Garden located in Los Altos, California. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including: Sunset magazine, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Woman’s Day, Country Living Magazine, as well as regional publications.

Rebecca has also been featured on an episode of Growing a Greener World, with fellow garden designer Susan Morrison, where they shared tips on vertical small-space gardening. They wrote a book together called Garden Up, Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces.

Rebecca’s latest book,  Refresh Your Garden Design With Color, Texture and Form  is one of the best DIY books on garden design I have ever found. (And I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend – It is actually really, really good!) In the book, Rebecca teaches all of us how to use tried and true garden design tricks to take our existing garden to a whole new level.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Harmony in the Garden – Rebecca’s design firm

Refresh Your Garden Design – book by Rebeca Sweet

Garden Up! – book by Rebecca Sweet & Susan Morrison

Gossip in the Garden – Rebecca’s blog

Designing a Garden for Double Duty – Episode #55 with Susan Morrison



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #71

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.