Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form

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Breathe new life into your garden!

Maybe your garden isn't what it once was. Or maybe it's stunning during the full bloom of summer, but falls apart the rest of the year. Maybe it's crowded, sparse, boring, disjointed...or it just doesn't resonate with you, and you have no idea why or what to do about it.

Don't retreat indoors! In this friendly guide, acclaimed landscape designer and best-selling author Rebecca Sweet offers simple strategies ...

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Overview

Breathe new life into your garden!

Maybe your garden isn't what it once was. Or maybe it's stunning during the full bloom of summer, but falls apart the rest of the year. Maybe it's crowded, sparse, boring, disjointed...or it just doesn't resonate with you, and you have no idea why or what to do about it.

Don't retreat indoors! In this friendly guide, acclaimed landscape designer and best-selling author Rebecca Sweet offers simple strategies for transforming established plots and empty spaces into the garden of your dreams—a place that soothes your soul and revives your spirits year-round.

Start by identifying problems with your current plantings (such as clashing colors, lack of flow and "one-of-each-itis"), then learn how to inject new life using artful combinations of color, texture and form. At the back of the book, you'll find a thoughtfully curated selection of 78 plants perfect for creating key elements of harmony in your garden.

You don't need to be a professional landscaper to put these concepts into play. With this book as your guide, turning blah spaces into breathtaking places becomes fun, easy and perennially rewarding!

Overflowing with creative examples of how to...

  • Wake up boring beds.
  • Make a cramped garden feel bigger, or bring a sense of intimacy to an expansive area.
  • Downplay eyesores.
  • Create moods ranging from serene to stimulating.
  • Add four-seasons interest.
  • Decide which plants to keep, and which to pull.
  • Thoughtfully integrate hardscaping, structures and accessories.
Transform an ordinary garden into one that's memorable and meaningful!
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Editorial Reviews

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"Rebecca Sweet's useful and beautiful new book, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture & Form is filled with a bounty of professional tips and techniques that demystify the design process. If you try even one of her many great ideas for turning a drab yard into a dazzling landscape, you'll be rewarded with a newfound confidence to go further. Rebecca's engaging voice comes through with positive encouragement as shares years of experience with her DIY reader." —Debra Prinzing, design writer, speaker, and author of 10 gardening books

"Rebecca explains how anyone can create an inviting garden that is essentially a three-dimensional work of art. You'll find out how to see your tired garden through fresh eyes, to use black-and-white photos of it to evaluate tone and texture, and clever ways to employ color and contrast. Every page offers insights that seem obvious until you realize you hadn't thought of them before. This is a book of ah-ha! moments and of harmonious garden spaces, and reassurances that Eden can indeed exist beyond any home's windows and sliding glass doors." —Debra Lee Baldwin

"This book can help you find your garden's weak spots, then freshen them using the right mix of flowers, foliage, textures, and colors. With design tips sprinkled throughout, it's like having a garden design professional beside you to help bring your space alive..." —Kathleen Brenzel

"Rebecca's keen designer's eye and generous personality shine through in every page of this book. She arms you with common-sense techniques to see your garden with new eyes and identify areas for improvement. Her lessons break down garden design into its basic elements, and she teaches you how to use those elements to build your garden back up again. There's an 'ah-HA!' moment on every page." —Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor, Fine Gardening

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440330407
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 10/30/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 376,915
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Sweet is the principal designer for her firm Harmony In The Garden. Her gardens have been featured in Fine Gardening, Women's Day, Country Living and American Gardener as well as the critically acclaimed PBS series "Growing a Greener World." Sweet has been a radio guest on GardenLife and Martha Stewart Living. Visit her website at www.harmonyinthegarden.com.

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