Lawn & Garden
Ground covers are a pretty and practical way to bring diversity, elegance, and durability to open sweeps of lawn. Give your landscape a vibrant new palette that is both sustainable and low-maintenance through plantings of herbs, shrubs, mosses, and more. Barbara W. Ellis provides a variety of full-color lawn designs and professional planting advice to get you started. You’ll be amazed as your ordinary lawn transforms into a striking display of color and texture.
Realize the full potential of your deck, whatever its shape and size. Barbara W. Ellis shows you how to turn your outdoor space into an inviting retreat with long-blooming flowers, butterflies, and a cozy chair. Ellis’s straightforward, easy-to-follow advice on plantings, furniture, maintenance, and even lighting provides everything you need to know to create the deck of your dreams. Stunning photography and color drawings will inspire you to work with nature and use your deck more in every season.
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.
Embrace the jewel-toned fruits, flaming foliage, and woody plants of the fall garden. Landscape designers Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen offer practical design ideas, plant advice, and 10 complete garden plans in this autumnal gardening guide. Ondra and Cohen’s expertise is complemented by stunning color photographs that illustrate the beauty and variety of this often overlooked gardening season. You’ll be inspired to use vines, tree shrubs, and flowers to contribute color, texture, and beauty to your garden well past summer’s peak.
Framing the edges of a peaceful garden retreat or serving as a background color to make your flowers stand out, foliage is an important part of any well-thought-out planting. In this fun and informative guide, Nancy J. Ondra shows you how to use foliage plants to add drama and structure to your landscape. Ondra’s approachable and easy-to-follow advice, along with Rob Cardillo’s stunning photography, will inspire you to employ foliage to transform your outdoor world into a dazzling mixture of colors, shapes, and textures.
From the dazzling orange leaves of Flame Grass to the feathery purple haze of Switch Grass, ornamental grasses can add a vibrant and colorful dimension to any garden. Nancy J. Ondra shows you how to use grasses on their own or in tandem with perennials, annuals, and shrubs to add visual interest and texture to your outdoor space. Insightful profiles of dozens of varieties of ornamental grasses enlivened by Saxon Holt’s stunning photography will inspire you to create your own dynamic, grass-filled gardens.
Trees and shrubs can bring regal silhouettes and spectacular foliage to any home landscape. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to design, plant, and maintain a beautiful and thriving woody garden. With detailed profiles of hundreds of tree and shrub varieties that include information on availability, size, hardiness, and special characteristics, Penelope O’Sullivan shows you how to use these plants to add structure and texture to your outdoor space. Create a vivacious landscape dotted with springtime blossoms, rugged bark, and summer fruits.
Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that captures your unique personality. Amanda Thomsen fills this quirky book with innovative ideas, encouraging you to forget the accepted “rules” and make your own landscaping choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you’ll end up with a yard you’ll adore.
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.