House Beautiful Gardens: Design Principles at Work Outdoors

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The beauty of special gardens was never more evident than it is in this book. Here is pure inspiration. Forgoing how-to information, House Beautiful Gardens brings the style the magazine is known for outside, to the garden.

Designers' gardens reflect individual taste, from simple but unexpected container ideas to grand and glorious vistas. Living space extends into the garden, with food served in an appealing outdoor setting. Terrace gardens ...
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1998 Hard cover Illustrated. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 224 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.

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Overview

The beauty of special gardens was never more evident than it is in this book. Here is pure inspiration. Forgoing how-to information, House Beautiful Gardens brings the style the magazine is known for outside, to the garden.

Designers' gardens reflect individual taste, from simple but unexpected container ideas to grand and glorious vistas. Living space extends into the garden, with food served in an appealing outdoor setting. Terrace gardens show how to pack a lot in a small space, with flowers and plants that are contained yet luxurious. Gardens range from the formal, complete with topiaries, to the casual, incorporating masses of wild-flowers. With its sweeping approach, House Beautiful Gardens offers a broad view of what readers can accomplish, whether their gardening efforts are modest or lavish.

Splashes of color mingle with clever design elements to create entry-ways that invite and delight: arbors, vines, and flowers surrounding doors, spilling over a second-floor terrace or balcony, rimming a path, or curving around a front gate. Of special interest are ideas for creating seeming vistas in small spaces.

House Beautiful shows the reader how to incorporate the ingenious garden ideas of interior decorators and designers into his or her own outdoor area to create an appealing setting specific to individual taste.
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January is the month to leaf through seed catalogues and imagine springtime and what your garden will be like. Whether you are looking for plants that will thrive in the tropical conditions of Miami or potted plants that are perfect for confined spaces in an urban environment, House Beautiful Gardens is filled with individual gardens that are the perfect mix of personal style and conditions.

Filled with 200 exquisite photos depicting lavish gardens, the book shows how a gardener's vision was transformed into an actual showpiece. The first part examines various estate gardens, while the second deconstructs parts of the garden, to help you bring some of these elements into your garden.

For instance, dealing with the walls and hedges, or the skeletons, as House Beautiful Gardens refers to it, must be considered right from the onset, as those endure long after the last sunflower has keeled over. Walls and hedges protect your home against harsh winds. They define the boundaries of a garden and introduce space. And they allow for you to have some privacy in your own home. Examples in this book include pictures of a dry stone wall around a small Atlanta garden, an old brick wall off the side of an 18th-century Connecticut home that divided it from the garden, and a variegated hornbeam in a Paris garden.

Besides dealing with the practical, House Beautiful Gardens will help you incorporate other unique features into your outdoor space. Water is something that many gardeners love because it expands the feeling of space and introducesmovementand sound. It is expensive if you are building a dry waterfall or a pond but not if you are willing to include a lovely fountain. The book also warns against garden pools because they are hard work and tend to be messy. And there is advice on putting to use water that already exists on your property and the free-falling water that comes from the heavens, also known as rain.

The last part of the book explores the relationship between the house and the garden. Using a home that sits on the French Riviera; a Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farmhouse; a Los Angeles Spanish Colonial Revival house; and other examples, this section shows the ways a garden can enhance a home, taking into account the home's size, style, and area.

Whether you need an inspirational push to grow some daffodils and tulips or are looking to do something ornate with your garden, House Beautiful Gardens offers sound examples of lush, vibrant outdoor spaces that will help you think spring even on the snowiest winter days.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688151034
  • Publisher: Hearst Books
  • Publication date: 10/7/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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