Small Garden Style

A Design guide for outdoor rooms and containers

By Isa Hendry Eaton and Jennifer Blaise Kramer

A guide to creating dramatic little gardens no matter the size of your space—a patio, a tiny backyard, or even just a pot by your door.

“Inspiring, enchanting, yet completely accessible . . . living outside has never felt so within reach. Frankly, even if you don’t have an inch of outdoor space, you’ll still be totally transported.”
—Joanna Saltz, editorial director of House Beautiful


Petite gardens are for everyone who wants to create a life with less stuff and more room for living. But a more eco-friendly and efficient space doesn’t have to sacrifice style. In Small Garden Style, garden designer Isa Hendry Eaton and lifestyle writer Jennifer Blaise Kramer show you how to use good design to create a joyful, elegant, and exciting yet compact outdoor living space for entertaining or relaxing. 

A style quiz helps you focus in on your own personal garden style, then utilize every inch of your yard by considering the horizontal, vertical, and overhead spaces. You’ll learn how to design stunning planters and container gardens using succulents, grasses, vibrant-colored pots, and more. Hendry Eaton and Blaise Kramer recommend their favorite plants and decor for small gardens, along with lawn alternatives and inspiration for making accents such as a fire pit, front door wreath, instant mini orchard, boulder birdbath, and perfumed wall. 

However small your garden, Small Garden Style will transform it into a magical, modern outdoor oasis.

After a career in graphic design, Isa Hendry Eaton applied her skills to the garden, launching Isa Bird Landscape Design. Her work has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV Magazine, Edible, and Garden Design. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Jennifer Blaise Kramer has twenty years’ experience as a home and lifestyle writer for national and regional publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, Domino, and House Beautiful. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.


“The world is full of gardens that look like they were designed from other people’s Pinterest images. Small

Garden Style helps you figure out your own gardening personality and how to make a space that reflects who you really are.”

—Stephen Orr, editor in chief of Better Homes & Gardens

“Whether you’re buying your first tree or are a more ambitious gardener, Small Garden Style seamlessly guides you through inspiration, design, planting, and (the hardest part for me) keeping everything alive. A great resource.”

—Nate Berkus 

“Finally, garden and design come together seamlessly in this gorgeous, more-than-a-gardening book where authors Isa and Jenny enthusiastically walk us through dozens of outdoor rooms and teach us how to masterfully create our very own stylish retreat no matter how big or small our space.”

—Steele Marcoux, editor in chief of Veranda

“Gardens can be the most magical part of any home and this luscious new book absolutely inspired me to get right out into my own garden and fix it up. The photos and all the lovely ideas within them are so accessible and delicious you won’t put this book down.”

—Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy