Better Homes and Gardens Dream Gardens Across America


An inspiring collection of brilliant garden ideas from across the country

Dream Gardens Across America offers practical instruction and great garden ideas from the most beautiful and creative home gardens in the United States. Perfect for seasoned home gardeners in search of new ideas, this book presents 80 outstanding home garden designs with inspirational stories and helpful advice on putting these ideas to work in your own home garden.

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An inspiring collection of brilliant garden ideas from across the country

Dream Gardens Across America offers practical instruction and great garden ideas from the most beautiful and creative home gardens in the United States. Perfect for seasoned home gardeners in search of new ideas, this book presents 80 outstanding home garden designs with inspirational stories and helpful advice on putting these ideas to work in your own home garden.

The book covers charming country landscapes, cottage style gardens, formal florals, and even Asian-influenced designs. Each entry includes details on why the design works and simple, handy advice on personalizing these designs for your own use.

  • Explores more than 80 beautiful gardens illustrated with more than 250 gorgeous full-color photos
  • Organized by garden style, so it's easy to find the kind of design you're looking for
  • Includes simple, helpful advice for growing your own dream garden based on these wonderful designs

No matter what kind of garden you want to grow, Dream Gardens Across America provides the inspiration, insight, and advice you need to succeed spectacularly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470878439
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Gardening Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 784,685
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The iconic BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS brand is one of America's most trusted sources for information on cooking, gardening, home improvement, home design, decorating, and crafting. Today, the brand encompasses books, magazines, and digital media.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Floral Fantasies.

Tulip Time: Thousands of tulips spring with a spectacular, multi-color display.

Variations on a Theme: A garden composed around a single kind of flower provides star power.

Time for a Garden: Thanks to easy-care plants, these homeowners have plenty of time to relax.

Planting by Nature: Self-sowing plants blanket beds with fruitful seeds for an ongoing show.

Fields of Color:  A Cut-flower farm is flush with floral inspiration and petal-packed color.

Rooms with Blooms: Find out how intimate garden rooms enliven a simple suburban backyard.

Chapter 2. Country Charm.

All in the Family: Annuals, perennials, and flowering shrubs mingle in this country retreat.

Country in the City: A rustic garden shed takes center stage in an urban backyard.

Just Right: Minnesota homeowners design a garden perfectly suited for its setting.

Vintage Treasures: A mix of collectibles and perennials provides a recipe for success.

Cozy Causal: This Wisconsin garden proves that any yard can be a free-flowing retreat.

Chapter 3. Shaded Sanctuaries.

Sweet Serenity: Soothing colors transform an Alabama garden into a peaceful oasis.

Shady Characters: A wonderfully diverse palette of plants doesn’t need much sun to shine.

Embrace Shade: Under a canopy of nearly 50 trees, a suburban yard blooms with interest.

Woodland Wonder: A century-old home and woodsy landscape offer an escape from the city.

Going All Out: Focusing on foliage brings a riot of tone and texture to a backyard garden.

Chapter 4. Formal Elegance.

Rooted in History: Formal lines and classic garden style grow with abandon in South Carolina.

Simple Geometry: Symmetry and bright white blooms create an air of relaxed formality.

Stately Grace: Design ideas borrowed from grand European gardens add instant history.

Soft-Focus Formality: See how these homeowners knock off the hard edges of formal design.

Landscape Revival: Old granite and new ideas transform a tired yard into an inviting retreat.

Chapter 5. Tropical Flair.

Bold and Beautiful: In this lively garden, the best elements whisper like soft tropical breezes.

Tropical Paradise: Find out how exotic elements can create an outdoor paradise anywhere.

Push the Limits: Tender shrubs and perennials and hardy plants become ideal partners.

Water World: This landscape proves you can never have too much water in a garden.

Chapter 6. Front Yard Focus.

Festive Entrance: A California courtyard welcomes guests with color-drenched style.

A Winning Entry: This color-rich garden replaces as tired lawn and revives an Atlanta home.

Front and Center: Low-maintenance plants make gardening out front a cinch.

Welcome Walkway: A brick lined with blooms greets visitors in style.

Terraces and steps turn an imposing slope into a flower-filled entry.

Chapter 7. Asian Influence.

A Touch of the East: Simple design elements help this garden enjoy a quiet serenity.

Incline Opportunity: A screen house on stilts makes optimum use of a sloping yard.

Blurring the Lines: This front courtyard seamlessly blends indoors and out.

Now & Zen: The simple beauty of nature creates a sport for peaceful retreat.

Chapter 8: Backyard Retreats.

Panoramic Oasis: An innovative pool and spa anchor this family-friendly backyard.

Contemporary Vibe: Concrete blocks create the bones of an inviting, modern landscape.

Kick Back: An inviting back porch provides a perfect perch for enjoying the view.

Quiet Reflections: Multiple seating areas and water features encourage relaxation.

Hillside Sculpture: A garden carved out of a hillside becomes a work of art.

Chapter 9. Cottage Style.

In Living Color: Cheerful color bursts from every corner of this flower-filled retreat.

Charming, with Class: See how garden can be exuberant and fun, without getting out of control.

Relaxed Attitude: Bountiful blossoms and striking structures create this gracious garden.

Cultivated Cottage: This cottage garden tiptoes on the edge of estatehood with English accents.

Simple Delights: Flowers of every size showcase sweet fragrance and delight the senses.

Inviting Getaway: A cozy Georgia garden filled with color serves as an everyday retreat.

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