Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Creative Homeowner; Third edition (July 25, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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This book was just exactly the right thing to help me select plants for myyard. My choices are planted and thriving because they're the right plantin the right spot. There are recommended native plants along side imported speciesfrom similar climates, and exceptional nursery hybrids. The fact is, Ichecked a copy of this book out from my local library and had to have oneof my own. I'd recommend it to anyone living in this region. High pointsinclude diagrams of planting schemes for sun, shade, large areas and small,plus photographs of each specimen, and detailed plant profiles. There are alsohardscape installation guides for things like ponds, patios and walkways.The recommendations apply from the California border through westernOregon, Washington, and British Columbia as far north as the northern tipof Vancouver Island and East to the Cascade Mountain range.
I did a bunch of research to find a book that would cover landscaping layouts with pictures that looked like what I want my yard to look like. I went to the library and got out ALL (well, almost) the books on landscaping. This was the only one that had what I was looking for: lots of different areas of the yard, sunny vs. shady layouts for the same spaces, plants that are low maintainance. I know I will use this book for a long time, and for many areas of my yard.
I've just moved to the Pacific Northwest from Arizona and this book has been a great source of information for me. The very specific climate on the coast is described in detail and I understand much better what I can realistically do with my new garden. The plant profiles are also helpful, the photographs good quality. If you're looking for solid advice from experienced Northwest gardeners, this is for you.
Initially I received this book as a gift. I loved it so much I've bought it as gifts for other people.The book is laid out quite well, its easy to read and follow. It covers most of the more popular plants that are common in the northwest.The garden plans are helpful in designing my own gardens as far as plant layout. The other projects in the book are easy to follow with great directions and excellent illistrations.I'm an avid gardener and with 10 acres, I'm always expanding and adding new gardens. I have several books but this one is the one I go back to year after year.
We are new to the area and needed help with how and what we can plant in the Garden in the Shade, Sun, etc..., in WA. Great book, packed with information for the Northwest, just what I was looking for.
This book is all right if you are looking for ideas of plant layouts or how to devise a landscape setup for a very specific area of your property. Scenarios are shown in sketch format in, for example, front yards, big backyards, yards with slopes, places where you want to screen things (air conditioner units, trash cans). After each scenario sketch, real photographs of the suggested plants are shown, along with a brief descirption of the plant (height, width, Latin and English names, sun or shade, etc.) A small section at the end is devoted to the mechanics of accomplishing hardscape features such as retaining walls, patios, and arbors.The book seems like it would be a good resource if you were writing a term paper, but it seems too shallow for a serious relandscape job. Many of the suggested plants are repeated in multiple scenarios, so there is not a very large variety of plants. It is also very skimpy on flowers, focusing mostly on shrubs with a few trees and groundcovers. I don't think I'd buy this book if there'd been a chance to see it before buying, but now that I have it, we'll keep it.
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