Deckscaping: Gardening and Landscaping On and Around Your Deck
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Deckscaping: Gardening and Landscaping On and Around Your Deck

by Barbara W. Ellis, Catriona Tudor Erler
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“If you want how-to planting and design ideas for you deck, patio or even your balcony, this book is a must. And it would make a great gift.” – Washington Post

“Handsome photographs and easy-to-understand drawings are a bonus.” – Portland Oregonian

" In Deckscaping, Barbara Ellis…goes into great detail, with color photos and drawings, to show how {the deck} can be used and enjoyed year round, even in cold climates. From simple to elaborate, she suggests surfaces, materials, plantings, furniture and gives tips on maintenance as well."- Publishers Weekly

"Deckscaping is a thoughtful and well-illustrated guide to making a deck more inviting and comfortable..."?Chicago Tribune

"Barbara Ellis shows how even the smallest pressure-treated "plot" can be transformed into an oasis of color and fragrance." ?Country Living Gardener

"...with Ellis' expert guidance, even the most lowly deck can be elevated into a lush garden room worthy of its inside partners. Through Ellis' creative pointers, homeowners can easily develop a tempting transition from the backdoor to the backyard that will reflect their lifestyles and personalities. ...an excellent resource for new deck construction or old deck revitalization projects." ?Booklist

“If you’re willing to be inspired, read on. Author Ellis…offers suggestions and practical advice for anyone with a deck on the drawing board or underfoot.” —Portland Oregonian

“Say bye-bye to that boring deck…Pick up a copy Deckscaping.” —Nashville Tennessean

“The decks included in the lavish illustrations are anything but the barren, flat, house extensions we too often see...those in the book are an integral part of the garden and anything but boring." —Asbury Park Press

bn.com
Using the deck -- that ubiquitous but underutilized appendage to the American home -- as a canvas on which to create beautiful extensions of both the home and garden is the concept behind this book. Ellis addresses a number of design and practicality concerns, such as choosing an appropriate size and shape, evaluating the stability of your structure, creating shade and privacy, and more. The book also identifies plants and foliage that complement a "deckscape" and offers advice for gardeners. Whether your deck fantasies lean toward a built-in hot tub or built-in gardening containers, you'll find all the tools to design a thoughtfully conceived deck that enhances your home, indoors and out. Already have a deck? This book will inspire you to put it to better use!
Publishers Weekly
In Deckscaping: Gardening and Landscaping on and Around Your Deck, Barbara W. Ellis observes that in many cases, the deck was nothing more than a platform that was stuck onto a dwelling. She goes into great detail, with color photos and drawings, to show how this space can be used and enjoyed year round, even in cold climates. From simple to elaborate, she suggests surfaces, materials, plantings, furniture and gives tips on maintenance as well. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580174084
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,105,868
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Meet the Author

Barbara W. Ellis is a freelance writer, editor, and lifelong gardener. She is the author of many gardening books, including The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book, Deckscaping, Shady Retreats, and Covering Ground. She holds a B.S. in horticulture from the Ohio State University, Columbus, and a B.A. from Kenyon College. She has worked as managing editor at Rodale Press and as publications director for the American Horticultural Society and is affiliated with the Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group, the Garden Writers Association, and the Perennial Plant Association. She lives and gardens in Maryland, where she and her husband live in a renovated “green” home with an assortment of rescued dogs, cats, and parrots. Her garden, which is managed organically and designed to be wildlife-friendly, features a wide range of ornamentals, herbs, and edibles for both sun and shade.

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