Series: Home Landscaping
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Creative Homeowner; First edition (February 28, 1999)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #444,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #31 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > Midwest #334 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Landscape #433 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Garden Design
This book not only gives you pictures and descriptions of plants, but also complete landscapes that give you creative ideas on how and where to use them. I use the book often as a landscape designer!
This is a beautifully written landscape book. The tone is conversational, not stilted. The layouts show views face-on and sometimes from above. Some are drawings. All have wonderful color. The strongest feature for me was the ease of finding the plants in several places in the book because of the page references wherever the plant appeared. Nice!! There are sections on ponds, retaining walls, lattices, fences for the handyman. A neophyte home owner would love this book. We have been in our home over 30 years, and are completely re-landscaping the front yard ourselves, using suggestions shown in HOME LANDSCAPING for plant selection and placement. This is the best book of its type, and we have perused a good number of them. A book to own!
Excellent ideas and designs with excellent plant choices. Great for the beginner or designer to create updated and hardy garden designs that put on a show throughout the seasons.I am a designer and love books, this is once of the easiest to understand and carry out.
If you want ideas for your yard this is the book for you! Not allot of text, but many pictures of ideas. Each has a complete plant list with more details about the plants in the back. I found myself wishing for a larger yard with more room for all the ideas. Very good design, so much better then what the typical home owner would come up with.
This book is a good source for midwest-specific plantings and landscape ideas. I found I didn't have to look up the growing zones of plants I found interesting, wondering "Would this plant grow well around here?"I also enjoy the overall friendly tone of the text. Some other books of this type that I own are written in a stuffy, almost highbrow manner.The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of in this book is more actual photographs of the landscapes. There are many photos of the featured plants, but the book relies heavily on artwork for the landscape design images.
A big problem I’ve had with gardening books is that they so often cover areas with different climates (such as the wet Pacific Northwest) than that which I have to face here in the American Midwest. This book, however, has shown itself to be an excellent resource!It starts out with a portfolio of 23 designs, giving the reader excellent advice on appearance and what plants to use, complete with color pictures and illustrations, and a sample graph paper design. After that is a series of plant profiles that looks at garden plants and their needs. The final part of the book has step-by-step instructions (again with great color illustrations) on building projects, such as sidewalks, walls, patios and so much more.So, just to make everything perfectly clear, I loved this book, and highly recommend it to every gardener in the American Midwest!
This book is excellent at recommending plants for our very cold region. Best of all, the design layouts helped me create a beautiful gardens in my last home. When purchased, the home had one tree and one plant... now it's a dream come true. Thank you!!!! Tim
My go to book every Spring. It covers everything a home owner needs to know to create beautiful landscaping. Contains step-by-step instructions, including pictures, for planning and creating hardscapes and softscapes. Love the garden layouts and plant combinations it suggests.
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