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Midwest Home Landscaping: Including South-Central Canada (Home Landscaping)by Roger Holmes
Synopses & Reviews
• 46 designs created by landscape professionals specifically for the Midwest—featuring creative solutions for front entries, foundation plantings, patios, steep slopes, and much more
• Detailed descriptions of more than 200 plants picked for your region, plus all you need to know to plant and maintain them
• Step-by-step instructions for building structures, such as paths, patios, ponds, walls, fences, arbors, and trellises
• Over 470 color photos and illustrations
Praise for the First Edition
“... like having a team of professional garden designers on hand.”
—Country Living Gardener
“... youll turn to these beautifully rendered design possibilities again and again.”
—Elanore Lewis, Womans Day Garden Planner & Practical Guide
“This idea-filled book takes the guesswork out of landscaping so you can focus on the fun. Designs that work, great plants you can find, accurate instructions, and detailed drawings will help you succeed.”
—Nancy Beaubaire, former Editor Fine Gardening and Country Living Gardener
“The Home Landscaping series takes the fear out of gardening by skillfully combining a wide range of attractive, dependable plants with clear, concise information on the techniques of gardening and easy-to-follow plans.”
—Thomas Fischer, Executive Editor, Horticulture
Collection of 46 designs by area landscape professionals, with over 200 plants that are proven performers and more than 430 color photos and drawings.
United States: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI
Canada: Ontario (southern)
Midwest Home Landscaping, Including Southern Canada, third edition, shows how to beautify 23 common landscape situations, such as front and back entries, walkways, borders, slopes, and patios. Each situation is presented with a variation, for a total of 46 designs. In addition, the book explains how to install and care for the plants, ponds, walls, and fences involved in the landscape designs. Plants that are proven performers in the Midwest are used in the designs and described in full detail. Step-by-step instructions provide the essential knowledge to tackle each project.
United States: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Canada: Ontario (southern)
About the Author
Roger Holmes is the founding editor of Fine Gardening magazine. He co-edited the monumental Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening and other highly regarded gardening books, and produced the seven-book regional landscaping series of which this book is part.
Rita Buchanan is a lifelong gardener with degrees in botany and an encyclopedic knowledge of plants. She worked with Roger Holmes to edit Fine Gardening magazine and co-edit several books, including Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening. She is the author of numerous award-winning books and is a contributor to many gardening magazines.
Table of Contents
MIDWEST HOME LANDSCAPING
Table of Contents
About This Book
Seasons in Your Landscape
As Your Landscape Grows
PORTFOLIO OF DESIGNS
Make a pleasant passage to your front door
A Step Up
Plant a foundation garden
Up Front and Formal
Garden geometry transforms a small front yard
Angle of Repose
Make a back-door garden in a sheltered niche
A Neighborly Corner
Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants
Streetwise and Stylish
Give your curbside strip a new look
Landscaping a Low Wall
A colorful two-tier garden replaces a bland slope
Dress up the familys day-to-day entrance
Beautify a Blank Wall
Paint a picture with plants
A Shady Hideaway
Build a cozy retreat in a corner of your yard
Create a Living” Room
A patio garden provides privacy and pleasure
A Big Splash with a Small Pond
Add an extra dimension to your landscape
Garden in the Round
Create a planting with several attractive faces
A Beginning Border
Flowers and a fence make a traditional design
Back to Nature
Create a wooded retreat in your backyard
Make a No-Mow Slope
A terraced planting transforms a steep site
A Pleasant Passage
Reclaim a narrow side yard for a shade garden
Down to Earth
Harmonize your deck with its surroundings
A Woodland Link
Create a shrub border for nearby woods
Striking structure and plants make a handsome entry
A Pleasing Postal Planting
Provide a perennial setting for the daily mail
Add a formal touch to your backyard
GUIDE TO INSTALLATION
Organizing Your Project
Introducing the tasks involved in a landscape installation. How to organize them for best results.
Clearing the Site
Removing turf, weeds, and other unwanted material.
Making Paths and Walkways
Choosing materials, preparing the base, installing edgings, laying the surface.
Laying a Patio
Employing the same materials and techniques as for walks and paths. Ensuring proper drainage.
Installing a Pond
Siting, excavating, installing a flexible liner or fiberglass shell. Growing pond plants.
Building a Retaining Wall
Laying out, excavating, and assembling a precast modular wall system and steps.
Fences, Arbors, and Trellises
Selecting wood, layout, setting posts, basic construction. Plans for building the fences, trellises, and arbors shown in the Portfolio of Designs.
Preparing the Soil for Planting
Digging and improving the soil. Edging for beds.
Where to go, what to look for, how to get the best quality and price.
The Planting Process
When to plant, steps in the planting process, spacing. Annuals as fillers.
Plants in containers, balled-and-burlapped plants, bare-root plants, ground covers, and bulbs.
Basic Landscape Care
Mulches and fertilizers. Controlling weeds. Watering.
Caring for Woody Plants
Basic pruning for trees, shrubs, vines, and roses. Making a hedge.
Caring for Perennials
Routine care, pruning, dividing.
Understanding common problems with animal and insect pests and diseases. Winter protection.
Descriptions of all the plants shown in the Portfolio of Designs, plus information on how to plant and care for them.
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