Synopses & Reviews
• 84 Designs created by landscape professionals specifically for western climates and growing conditions—featuring creative solutions for front entries, foundations plantings, patios, steep slopes, and much more
• Detailed descriptions of more than 300 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 650 color photographs 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.”
—Eleanore 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
Homeowners in the western areas of the country can now make their home landscapes more attractive and functional with Western Home Landscaping.
Like the other titles in this series, this book contains three parts. In the "Design Portfolio" section, readers will find 42 designs created by landscape professionals from the area. The designs address the variety of climates found in the west, including cool coastal areas, hot inland valleys, and the special conditions of higher elevations. Emphasis is placed on conserving water and using native plants. "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, Western Home Landscaping
provides everything homeowners need to know to landscape like a pro.
States: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY Canada: BC
Collection of 42 designs created by area landscape professionals, with over 200 plants that are proven performers in the areas covered. Some designs provide "green" landscaping tips, including ways to conserve water and the use of native plants. Also shows how to install and care for plants, paths, fences, walls.
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 eight-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 was co-author of Creative Homeowner's California Home Landscaping. He has also been a staff editor at Sunset magazine
Table of Contents
Western Home Landscaping
Table of Contents About This BookAs Your Landscape Grows
PORTFOLIO OF DESIGNS
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.
Buying Plants 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.
Planting Basics 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.
Problem Solving 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.