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Garden Design

See also: Natural Landscaping

Selected Books

Alexander, Rosemary
The Essential Garden Design Workbook
SB473.A443 2004 (1st edition)
Now in its second edition, this workbook from Timber Press guides you through every stage of designing a garden. Hundreds of explanatory drawings and quick-reference diagrams make this workbook a vital addition to your garden-planning library.
 
DiSabato-Aust, Tracy
The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs
q SB473.D57 2003
Tracy DiSabator-Aust doesn't look like your typical gardener with dirt under her fingernails but her garden designs are outstanding. Plus I think she lives in Ohio.
 
Druse, Kenneth
Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations
q SB453.6.D78 2012
Ken Druse presents recipes for plant pairings using diverse species that look good together and bloom at the same time. Organized by theme within seasons, topics include color, fragrance and foliage.
 
Easton, Valerie
The New Low-Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It
SB473.E235 2009
Garden columnist for Pacific Northwest Magazine (of The Seattle Times), Easton explains how to design a good-looking garden of ornamental and edible plants with minimal maintenance.
 
Ellis, Barbara W.
Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping with Colorful, Low-Maintenance Ground Covers
SB432.E45 2007
Open sweeps of lawn are a large part of most home landscapes, but imagine turning those stretches of lawn into striking swathes of beautifully planted ground covers.
 
Hobhouse, Penelope
Penelope Hobhouse's Garden Designs
Penelope Hobhouse is the Grand Damme of English garden design.
 
Leendertz, Lia
Twilight Garden: A Guide to Enjoying Your Garden in the Evening Hours
SB433.6.L44 2011x
Ideas on outdoor living in the evenings with selected plants.
 
Messervy, Julie Moir
Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love
In this book from Taunton Press, landscape and garden designer Julie Moir Messervy shows readers how to create living spaces outdoors.
 
Nagel, Vanessa Gardner
Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers
Do you love gardening but find that your garden is a mess because you plant things whereever and whenever there is a space? And then you look at those gardening magazines where everything is verdant and colorful yet tranquil and wish yours looked the same? Here's help.
 
Ogden, Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden
Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit
q SB472.45.O33 2008
American Horticultural Society Book Award.
Although they live in Texas and Colorado, they have had experience with zones 4-10 and emphasize the importance of putting the plant in the correct environment.
 
Ondra, Nancy J. and Stephanie Cohen
Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season into Autumn
SB423.4.O53 2007
Pennsylvania gardeners Ondra and Cohen (Perennial Gardener's Design Primer) will inspire you to design a fall garden, taking advantage of fall foliage, seedheads and late-blooming fowers.
 
Wingate, Marty
Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat
SB473.W54 2012
In this Timber Press book, Marty Wingate, a Seattle-based writer on gardens, gives you ideas for increasing privacy by strategically placing buffers, barriers, and screens of plants around your property.
 
 

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