garden design books and articles
In 2008, Susan wrote her first blog post and hasn't stopped writing since. Writing has given Susan the opportunity to connect with gardeners from all over the world who share her passion for plants and garden design.

Coming in February, 2018!

The Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard (Timberpress)

When it comes to backyards, bigger isn’t always better. The Less is More Garden is packed with design strategies uniquely suited to smaller spaces, including detailed breakdowns of successful garden layouts, targeted plant lists and real-life ideas for making a small garden feel larger. Beyond maximizing space, the book shows you how to incorporate the crucial elements that make a small space stand out–from scent, movement and color to planting strategies that ensure a garden shines in every season.

What People Are Saying

“Written by a real, down-in-the-trenches designer who is as concerned with practicality as she is with beauty.” — Steve Aiken, editor, Fine Gardening magazine

“Susan Morrison has a knack for creating lush, inviting gardens in the most awkward of spaces. Her imaginative and unexpected tricks are found in this guide–the perfect combination of dreamy, aspirational and doable.” — Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Drunken Botanist

“Susan delivers a superb and thoughtful boost of design inspiration to professionals and homeowners alike.” — Lisa Port, National President, The Association of Professional Landscape Designers


                       Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces (Cool Springs Press)Vertical Gardening Book

Filled with design tips, plant ideas and over 200 photos, Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces, offers inspiration and how-to information for enhancing any outdoor space with vertical elements. Susan best_books_2011_120._V165239213_and co-author Rebecca Sweet cover everything from living wall projects simple enough for a home gardener to tackle to creative solutions for blank walls and narrow beds. An Amazon “Best Books of 2011” selection.


What People Are Saying

“Garden Up is a breath of fresh air! In an easy to read, personal tone, authors Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet have offered dozens of fantastic ideas for creating vertical elements in a wide variety of garden settings. For anyone who has ever dreamt about designing a vertical garden, Garden Up is a ‘must read’ book.”
Fran Sorin, CBS Radio News

“A small to non-existent yard does not mean you are left to languish on a spartan concrete pad. Authors of Garden Up…remind readers that there are more gardening options than just the surface beneath your feet.” — Mary Beth Breckenridge, McClatchy-Tribune

“Filled with dazzling garden photographs that make you want to dash straight out to the nursery” — Annie Spiegelman, Huffington Post



Garden Up! Video Trailer


Fine Gardening magazine – Contributing Editor

Small Space Design Fine GardeningSusan began writing for Fine Gardening magazine in 2009  with a special emphasis on small-space gardens. Articles on design include Pull a Design Together with Ground Covers, Lighten Up Your Landscape and Ideas to Break-up a Boxy Backyard. Beyond design, Susan also provides guidance on plant selection. In Plant This, Not That, she shares new alternatives for over-used favorites, and in Peach Goes with Everything, she explains why this plant color is magical in the garden.

Susan is also one of the contributing editor’s for Fine Gardening’s Pocket Gardens – Design Ideas for Small Space Gardening. In 2015 she served as a Fine Gardening guest judge at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.


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