The Natural Garden

The Natural Garden

by Ken Druse, Kenneth Druse, Kenneth Druse
     
 
How to create a garden that practically takes care of itself and harmonizes with nature, presented with more than 400 gorgeous photographs taken all over the United States. More than 400 full-color photographs, 15 line drawings.

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How to create a garden that practically takes care of itself and harmonizes with nature, presented with more than 400 gorgeous photographs taken all over the United States. More than 400 full-color photographs, 15 line drawings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Written by the garden editor of House Beautiful , this shows the novice gardener how to resist ``fighting the elements'' in a binge of ``perpetual care'' and instead transform a backyard from a dull lawn, ``disciplined beds of annuals, and brutally pruned shrubs'' into a haven of indigenous flora confirming the ``mood'' of a natural setting. The book presents the fundamentals of landscape structure--gardens are divided into formal ``inner,'' colorful ``in-between'' and informal ``outer'' areas--and Druse devotes a chapter to each of various natural and man-made elements (water, rocks, bulbs, grasses) necessary to a unified design. A portfolio of eight gardens (e.g., a seaside garden, an urban garden) is inspiring, but would have been more useful had planting diagrams been included with selected plant lists. A case is made for growing native trees and unpruned shrubs. Although some drawbacks to his methods go unmentioned (unmown grass harbors rodents, slugs thrive under some mulches), Druse stresses that even a low-maintenance garden requires much work. Lists of plants, nurseries, suppliers et al., conclude a well-rounded offering. (Mar . )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517550465
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1989
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.98(d)

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