Lawn & Garden
Ground covers are a beautiful way to bring variety, texture, and durability to open sweeps of lawn. A vibrant new palette of unexpected plant choices and hardworking design and planting advice give gardeners the know-how to create striking, low-maintenance alternatives to traditional lawns.
Use your deck more in every season. Barbara W. Ellis uses photos, drawings, and text as she sets out to improve the appearance and comfort of any needy deck. She suggests surfaces, lighting, plantings, and furniture — from simple to elaborate — and provides tips on maintenance.
Dealing with unwanted deer is frustrating and challenging for even the most patient of gardeners and homeowners. Which repellents work, and which ones don’t? How long do they last? Which plants are truly deerproof? What kinds of health risks do deer really pose? In this completely updated and revised edition of her popular book, Rhonda Massingham Hart shares the results of her research on deer behavior and food preferences, as well as her hands-on experience in successfully combatting deer, from choosing the best fence to planting the most deer-detested plants.
Deerproofing Your Yard and Garden is the best defense against unwanted deer, and an investment that is sure to pay off in protecting your landscape.
Design the perfect landscape for your home with this specific, easy-to-understand, 12-step method. Professional advice and helpful tips assist homeowners in saving money and time on landscaping.
Soak up warm October afternoons outdoors in your glorious fall garden. Practical design ideas, plant advice, and ten complete garden plans from Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen will have you puttering in the dirt later than you ever thought possible. Here are the vines, tree shrubs, and flowers that you’ll love to tend through September and even into November — plants that thrive in early autumn’s mild temperatures and gentle rainfall, and contribute color, texture, and beauty well past summer’s peak.
Whether framing a beautiful garden scene or serving as the background color to make your favorite flowers pop, foliage is an important part of any well-thought-out garden. Filled with Rob Cardillo’s stunning photography, this illustrated guide will help gardeners find the right color, shape, and texture to bring drama and structure to their sanctuary.
Here is a complete introduction to using ornamental grasses in combination with perennials, annuals, shrubs, and other garden plants. Beautiful full-color photos illuminate complete plans for 24 gardens featuring grasses.
Trees and shrubs can be the heart and soul of the home landscape plane, providing spring blossoms, summer fruit, a regal silhouette, and rough and rugged bark, or seasonally changing foliage. Learn how to use them effectively with this comprehensive handbook, covering all the essentials of woody plant gardening. In addition to basic design principles and plant selection and care, the handbook features an extensive encyclopedia of hundreds of tree and shrub profiles, covering ease of cultivation, availability, history, hardiness, size and growth rate, and special characteristics.
Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that is exactly what you want. Combining entertaining illustrations with laugh-out-loud text, Amanda Thomsen lays out the many options for home landscaping and invites you to make the choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a food garden, a kids’ play space, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you’ll end up with a yard you’ll adore. Forget about doing it the “right” way: Do it your way!
Discover the joy of homegrown apples, berries, plums, cherries, and dozens of other fruits with this definitive guide to creating a more delicious backyard! Lee Reich shows you exactly how to grow temperate-zone fruit at home, from site analysis and climate assessment through plant selection, pest control, pruning, and harvesting. A plant-by-plant encyclopedia recommends 39 eye- and palate-pleasing species that are especially well-suited to home landscapes. Bring year-round beauty to your yard and luscious, organic fruit to your table with Landscaping with Fruit.
“Lee Reich is exactly the sort of guide to gardening I wish I’d had when I started out.”
—Michael Pollan, New York Times best-selling author
“For years I have turned to Lee Reich’s books for pruning guidance and relied on his expertise on how to grow unusual and native fruits. I’m excited that now in Landscaping with Fruit, he gives all of us the wherewithal and inspiration to include these sustainable edibles in our landscapes.”
—Rosalind Creasy, author of The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping
Here is a comprehensive program that provides all the information you will ever need to create and maintain a picture-perfect home landscape.
Extend an organic lifestyle beyond the front door! Get your lawn off drugs with The Organic Lawn Care Manual, Storey’s comprehensive guide for creating a lush green lawn without chemicals and pesticides. Paul Tukey takes the mystery out of making a healthy and inviting outdoor play area for kids, pets, and the whole family.
Botanical illustrations by Bobbi Angell
How-to illustrations by Elayne Sears
Transform your pool and the surrounding area into the welcoming and appealing focal point of your home's outdoor living space. Gardener and landscape designer Catriona Tudor Erler takes readers step-by-step through the poolscaping process — siting the pool; designing the surrounding edging; choosing lighting and fencing; and finally picking the best poolside plants, with a focus on varieties that are low maintenance, look attractive throughout the pool season, and won't drop leaves into the water. Erler also includes ideas for planters and containers to bring greenery and color right up to the water's edge.
When should you prune? How much should you remove? What’s the difference between pinching and heading back? How can you be sure that you’re not harming your plants? For all of your pruning questions, The Pruning Answer Book has the answers. Clear instructions, expert advice, and detailed illustrations give you everything you need to successfully prune flowering trees, fruit and nut trees, shrubs, brambles, evergreens, vines, groundcovers, and more.
More than 300 step-by-step illustrations demonstrate the proper times, equipment, and techniques for safely pruning trees, shrubs, hedges, vines, and flowers.