‘Garden designer Ula Maria takes us on a safari through small but perfectly formed oases…to inspire your very own Eden.’ – Elle Deco
‘Urban garden design has inspired books ever since the Victorians started to green their sprawling new neighbourhoods. But where Maria’s Green differs is that it focuses on the possibilities of growing in small spaces rather than the restrictions. The 22 gardens she has brought together (by various designers) erupt with potential…In Green urban gardens, so often prone to a twinge of pity from those who tend larger, more rural spaces, become deeply aspirational.’ – Alice Vincent, the Daily Telegraph
‘A must for apprehensive city gardeners and for anyone wanting to make the most out of their outdoor space, no matter how small it might be. […] Flicking through it feels almost as enjoyable and relaxing as sitting in the garden.’ – Gardens Illustrated
‘The first book from rising star Ula Maria tackles the perennial challenge of how to create a garden in a small space. […] Whether you dream of a Mediterranean oasis, a rose-filled retreat or a tropical jungle, Green will help you to make the most of your space, proving that small can indeed be beautiful.’ – House & Garden
‘Spending so much time outdoors in my childhood made me think of a garden as a natural extension of my home – an inseparable part of everyday life. It wasn’t until I moved into a rented property in the city that I felt an undeniable urge to make the most of the little exterior space that we had and re-evaluate it. In time, creating outdoor spaces that people truly care for, no matter how small or large, became much more rewarding than perfecting any indoor space. Many say that a home is a true reflection of self, but I believe it is the garden, where personalities and relationships with our surroundings truly blossom.’ – Ula Maria
In Green, Ula Maria takes a completely fresh look at creating a garden in whatever outdoor space is available – be it a roof terrace, balcony, small back yard or patio. Perfect for first-time gardeners, the book approaches creating a garden as if decorating a room – exploring how to work with scale, colour and texture, to choosing the plants that will thrive in an urban space. At the heart of the book are 22 genuinely small and innovative gardens with a dazzling range of ideas to copy – from a small backyard garden using reclaimed timber, evergreens and grasses to a rental rooftop terrace in the heart of the city where a cottage-style garden has been created in simple containers. Using low-maintenance plants and affordable furniture, lighting and containers, Green offers simple solutions that don’t involve major structural work but will quickly result in a stylish and hugely rewarding urban sanctuary. The book was shot by award-winning photographer, Jason Ingram.