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California Home Landscaping, 3rd Edition (Home Landscaping)by Roger Holmes
Synopses & Reviews
• 48 designs created by landscape professionals specifically for California—featuring creative solutions for front entries, foundation plantings, patios, steep slopes, and 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
• Approximately 400 full-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 48 designs created by area landscape professionals, with over 200 plants that are proven performers and more than 450 color photos and drawings.
Also shows how to install and care for plants, paths, fences, walls. Covers the entire state of California.
Make a Californian home landscape more attractive and functional with California Home Landscaping, third edition. Like the other titles in this series, this book contains three parts: Design Portfolio, Guide to Installations, and Plant Portraits. In the "Design Portfolio" section, readers will find 48 designs created by landscape professionals in California. "Guide to Installations" explains how to install the plants, paths, patios, and arbors used in the designs. More than 200 of the best plants for the region are fully described in "Plant Portraits." Clearly written in a friendly style and with 450 color photographs and paintings, California Home Landscaping, third edition, provides everything Californians need to know to landscape like a pro.
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.
Lance Walheim lives in California and has authored or contributed to more than 30 gardening books, including Lawns for Dummies, Roses for Dummies, The Natural Rose Gardener, and Citrus. He has also been a staff editor at Sunset magazine.
Table of Contents
California Home Landscaping
Table of Contents
About This Book
As Your Landscape Grows
PORTFOLIO OF DESIGNS
Make a pleasant passage to your front door
A Foundation with Flair
Flowers and foliage create a front garden
Up Front and Formal
Garden geometry transforms a small front yard
An Eye-Catching Corner
Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants
Streetwise and Stylish
Give your curbside strip a new look
Landscape a Low Wall
A two-tier garden and patio replace a bland slope
Beautify a Blank Wall
A vertical garden makes the most of a narrow site
A Shady Hideaway
Build a cozy retreat in a corner of your yard
An Outdoor Living” Room
Patio and shady arbor provide open-air opportunities
Make a water garden the focus of outdoor activities
Garden in the Round
Create a planting with several attractive faces
A Beginning Border
Flowers and a wall make a traditional design
Back to Nature
Create a wooded retreat in your backyard
A No-Mow Slope
A terraced planting transforms a steep site
Under the Old Shade Tree
Create a cozy garden in a cool spot
A Pleasant Passage
Reclaim a narrow side yard for a stroll garden
Down to Eart
Harmonize your deck with its surroundings
Arbor, fence, and plantings make a handsome entry
Enhance your main entry in a weekend
An Island Retreat
Create a freestanding patio garden
An Entry Oasis
Extend a friendly desert welcome
Getting a lot out of a small, frost-free lot
Plantings to enhance your swimming pool
Planting in the Pines
Surround your woodland deck with flowering shrubs
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.
Water for Your Plants
Water-wise practices. Watering systems.
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
Wood selection, layout, post setting, 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 damage.
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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