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Deckscaping: Gardening and Landscaping On and Around Your Deck

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Transform your deck into the ideal outdoor living space

When surrounded by shrubs and small trees, perennials and annuals, ornamental grasses and vines, your deck becomes an appealing link between your home and yard. In this book, you'll find everything you need to know to create your dream deck environment. Barbara Ellis offers dozens of creative ideas and fail-proof techniques.

Long-blooming flowers, fruit-bearing shrubs, and gracefully ...

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Overview

Transform your deck into the ideal outdoor living space

When surrounded by shrubs and small trees, perennials and annuals, ornamental grasses and vines, your deck becomes an appealing link between your home and yard. In this book, you'll find everything you need to know to create your dream deck environment. Barbara Ellis offers dozens of creative ideas and fail-proof techniques.

Long-blooming flowers, fruit-bearing shrubs, and gracefully drifting grasses offer fragrance and color while attracting visits from butterflies and hummingbirds.

Plant-packed containers grouped on a deck convey a special feeling of abundance, and they instantly create a gardenlike feel.

Flowering vines trained over a sturdy arbor create an island of welcome shade. Flowers and foliage spilling over railings and covering a trellised wall or arbor provide a sense of privacy.

Count on Barbara Ellis to pick up on just what the American deck needs. Deckscaping shows us how to turn our own bland (or cluttered!) space into a delightful, usable room that seamlessly joins our indoor dTcor with our garden landscape. With so many good ideas, I can't wait to get started! (Frances Tenenbaum, Editor, Taylor's Guide to Gardening)

Barbara Ellis offers a whole new approach to making this outdoor living space one of the most attractive areas of the home landscape. (Lewis and Nancy Hill, authors of The Lawn and Garden Owner's Manual, Daylilies, Pruning Made Easy, and Secrets of Plant Propagation)

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Editorial Reviews

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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!
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“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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174084
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ideal Outdoor Living Space

Chapter 1: Customizing Your Design (4)

Chapter 2: The Surrounding Gardens (24)

Chapter 3: Container Gardening (58)

Chapter 4: Trellises and Arbors (86)

Chapter 5: Decorating with Style (112)

Chapter 6: Favorite Deckside Plants (124)

Index (158)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    Decks as an Outdoor Room

    Whether you are planning a new deck or have one already, this book gives inspiration about how to make the most of the deck space. Keys such as plant characteristics (maintenance requirements, fragrance, size etc.) are discussed, as well as how to arrange containers to look aethetically pleasing. Shady overhead structures and vines to create shade, and optimizing the view outside (if you have one that you like). The garden surrounding the deck is also considered - evening gardens, shade gardens etc, and what to do with trees that are close to the deck. There is even a section on winter decoration of your deck - for those of us who live in the snow country. Overall a great book, giving attention to detail and beautiful photography.

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