Mid-Atlantic Home Landscaping

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This updated, expanded 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 readers can work with. More than 430 color photographs and drawings complement the easy-to-follow instructions for caring for and installing plants, paths, ...
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This updated, expanded 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 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.
DE, Long Island, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV
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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: 9781580112550
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Series: Home Landscaping
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (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

MID-ATLANTIC HOME LANDSCAPING

Table of Contents

About This Book  8
Seasons in Your Landscape  12  
As Your Landscape Grows  16

PORTFOLIO OF DESIGNS

First Impressions 20
• Make a pleasant passage to the front door

A Step Up 24
• Plant a foundation garden

Up Front and Formal 28
• Seasonal color brightens sheared symmetry

Angle of Repose 32
• Make a back-door garden in a sheltered niche

A Corner with Character 36
• Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants

Streetwise and Stylish 40
• Give your curbside strip a new look

Landscaping a Low Wall 44
• Two-tier garden replaces a short slope

“Around Back” 48
• Dress up the family’s day-to-day entrance

Beautify a Blank Wall 52
• Paint a picture with plants

A Shady Hideaway 56
• Create a fragrant oasis

Create a “Living” Room 60
• Enclose a patio with foliage and flowers

Splash Out 64
• Make a handsome water garden in a few weekends

Garden in the Round 68
• Create a planting with several attractive faces

A Beginning Border 72
• Flowers and a fence make a traditional design

Back to Nature 76
• Create a wooded retreat in your backyard

Make a No-Mow Slope 80
• A terraced grove transforms a steep site

Under the Old Shade Tree 84
• Create a cozy garden in a cool spot

A Garden Path 88
• Reclaim a narrow side yard for a shade garden

Down to Earth 92
• Harmonize your deck with its surroundings

A Woodland Link 96
• Create a shrub border for nearby woods

Gateway Garden 100
• Simple structure and plantings make pleasing passage

A Pleasing Postal Planting 104
• Provide a leafy setting for the daily mail

Elegant Symmetry 108
• Make a formal garden for the backyard Guide to installation

Organizing Your Project 114
• Introducing the tasks involved in a landscape installation. How to organize them for best results.

Clearing the Site 116
• Removing turf, weeds, and other unwanted material.

Making Paths and Walkways 118
• Choosing materials, preparing the base, installing edgings, laying the surface.

Laying a Patio 124
• Same materials and techniques as for paths and walkways. Ensuring proper drainage.

Installing a Pond 126
• Siting, excavation, installing a flexible liner or fiberglass shell. Growing pond plants.

Building a Retaining Wall 130
• Laying out, excavating, and assembling a precast modular wall system and steps.

Fences, Arbors, and Trellises 134
• 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 148
• Digging and improving the soil. Edgings for beds.

Buying Plants 152
• Where to go, what to look for, how to get the best quality and price.

The Planting Process 153
• When to plant, steps in the planting process, spacing. Annuals as fillers.

Planting Basics 155
• Plants in containers, balled-and-burlapped plants, bare-root plants, ground covers, and bulbs.

Basic Landscape Care 157
• Mulches and fertilizers. Controlling weeds. Watering.

Caring for Woody Plants 161
• Basic pruning. Training an espalier. Making a hedge.

Caring for Perennials 166
• Routine care, pruning, dividing.

Problem Solving 168
• Understanding common problems with animal and insect pests and diseases. Winter protection.

PLANT PROFILES

Descriptions of all the plants shown in the Portfolio of Designs, plus information on how to plant and care for them. 172

Glossary 214

Photo Credits 216

Index 216

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