Mid-Atlantic Home Landscaping, 3rd edition

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This larger-format edition provides inspiring ideas for making the Mid-Atlantic home landscape more attractive and functional. Starting with the 200 best plants that thrive in the region, area landscape professionals created 46 outdoor design concepts that readers can work with. More than 430 color photographs and drawings complement the easy-to-follow instructions for caring for and installing plants, ...

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This larger-format edition provides inspiring ideas for making the Mid-Atlantic home landscape more attractive and functional. Starting with the 200 best plants that thrive in the region, area landscape professionals created 46 outdoor design concepts that readers can work with. More than 430 color photographs and drawings complement the easy-to-follow instructions for caring for and installing plants, paths, patios, ponds, and arbors.
States: DE, NY (Long Island only), MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV

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The third edition of this Mid-Atlantic standard features a larger format and the comprehensive content that made it a regional favorite. Reliable instructions on everything from planning your first backyard garden to dressing up your front entrance. Browse it; buy it.
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Your yard is a blank canvas just waiting for inventive design and plantings. Enter Holmes (founding editor, Fine Gardening magazine), horticultural consultant and photographer Buchanan (A Weaver's Garden), and Walheim (Citrus), who offer a succession of possible landscaping designs in this neat and polished series. Simple projects such as fencing, arbors, and pathways are logically and clearly illustrated. Each volume is broken down into three parts-"Design Portfolio," "Guide to Installations," and "Plant Portraits"-and each features approximately 50 designs, 200 plants, and 430 photos and paintings. Selection and seasonal care are individualized for the region. These lovely volumes are revisions, with first editions published between 1998 and 2001. Highly recommended but purchase according to your location. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580114981
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2010
  • Series: Home Landscaping
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 558,249
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Holmes is the founding editor of Fine Gardening magazine. He co-edited the monumental Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening and other highly regarded gardening books, and produced the seven-book regional landscaping series of which this book is part.

Rita Buchanan is a lifelong gardener with degrees in botany and an encyclopedic knowledge of plants. She worked with Roger Holmes to edit Fine Gardening magazine and co-edit several books, including Taylor's Master Guide to Gardening. She is the author of numerous award-winning books and is a contributor to many gardening magazines.

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Table of Contents


Table of Contents

About This Book 
Seasons in Your Landscape 
As Your Landscape Grows 


First Impressions
• Make a pleasant passage to the front door

A Step Up
• Plant a foundation garden

Up Front and Formal
• Seasonal color brightens sheared symmetry

Angle of Repose
• Make a back-door garden in a sheltered niche

A Corner with Character
• Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants

Streetwise and Stylish
• Give your curbside strip a new look

Landscaping a Low Wall
• Two-tier garden replaces a short slope

“Around Back”
• Dress up the family’s day-to-day entrance

Beautify a Blank Wall
• Paint a picture with plants

A Shady Hideaway
• Create a fragrant oasis

Create a “Living” Room
• Enclose a patio with foliage and flowers

Splash Out
• Make a handsome water garden in a few weekends

Garden in the Round
• Create a planting with several attractive faces

A Beginning Border
• Flowers and a fence make a traditional design

Back to Nature
• Create a wooded retreat in your backyard

Make a No-Mow Slope
• A terraced grove transforms a steep site

Under the Old Shade Tree
• Create a cozy garden in a cool spot

A Garden Path
• Reclaim a narrow side yard for a shade garden

Down to Earth
• Harmonize your deck with its surroundings

A Woodland Link
• Create a shrub border for nearby woods

Gateway Garden
• Simple structure and plantings make pleasing passage

A Pleasing Postal Planting
• Provide a leafy setting for the daily mail

Elegant Symmetry
• Make a formal garden for the backyard Guide to installation

Organizing Your Project
• Introducing the tasks involved in a landscape installation. How to organize them for best results.

Clearing the Site
• Removing turf, weeds, and other unwanted material.

Making Paths and Walkways
• Choosing materials, preparing the base, installing edgings, laying the surface.

Laying a Patio
• Same materials and techniques as for paths and walkways. Ensuring proper drainage.

Installing a Pond
• Siting, excavation, installing a flexible liner or fiberglass shell. Growing pond plants.

Building a Retaining Wall
• Laying out, excavating, and assembling a precast modular wall system and steps.

Fences, Arbors, and Trellises
• Selecting wood, layout, setting posts, basic construction. Plans for building the fences, arbors, and trellises shown in the Portfolio of Designs.

Preparing the Soil for Planting
• Digging and improving the soil. Edgings for beds.

Buying Plants
• Where to go, what to look for, how to get the best quality and price.

The Planting Process
• When to plant, steps in the planting process, spacing. Annuals as fillers.

Planting Basics
• Plants in containers, balled-and-burlapped plants, bare-root plants, ground covers, and bulbs.

Basic Landscape Care
• Mulches and fertilizers. Controlling weeds. Watering.

Caring for Woody Plants
• Basic pruning. Training an espalier. Making a hedge.

Caring for Perennials
• Routine care, pruning, dividing.

Problem Solvin
• Understanding common problems with animal and insect pests and diseases. Winter protection.


Descriptions of all the plants shown in the Portfolio of Designs, plus information on how to plant and care for them.


Photo Credits


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