Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

by Jan Johnsen

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Overview

Gardentopia is that rare marriage of the art of landscaping and the technical knowledge of how to compose a landscape—boiled down to readily understood and easily executed actions. This book puts you in the driver’s seat and shows you how to chart the course to your own personal garden utopia.” - Margie Grace, Grace Design Associates

Any backyard has the potential to refresh and inspire if you know what to do. Jan Johnsen’s new book, Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, will delight all garden lovers with over 130 lushly illustrated landscape design and planting suggestions. Ms. Johnsen is an admired designer and popular speaker whose hands-on approach to “co-creating with nature” will have you saying, “I can do that!’

This info-packed, sumptuous book offers individual tips for enhancing any size landscape using ‘real world’ solutions. The suggestions are grouped into five categories that include Garden Design and Artful Accents, Walls, Patios, and Steps and Plants and Planting, among others. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a landscaping novice, Gardentopia will inspire you with tips such as ‘Soften a Corner”, “Paint it Black”, and “Hide and Reveal”.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682683965
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 197,304
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jan Johnsen began her professional life in Japan in a landscape architecture office. She came back to the U.S. and worked for a Versailles-trained French gardener where she learned European horticulture techniques. She has been a principal in a landscape design-and-build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools, based in Westchester, New York, for over 30 years. Her natural design approach is evident in the landscapes that she shares in her books, Heaven is a Garden, The Spirit of Stone, and the new 2019 book, Gardentopia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 Garden Design And Artful Accents 13

1 Visualization 101 17

2 What's the Goal? 18

3 The Sum Is More Than Its Parts 21

4 The Graceful Sweep of a Curve 22

5 Hide and Reveal The Mystery of the Unseen 25

6 The Principle of Three Depths 26

7 Find the Power Spot 28

8 Framing a Garden 29

9 Blend Light and Shadow 30

10 Have a Seal Adirondack Chairs 33

11 East-Direction of Growth and Renewal 34

12 Respect the Genius of the Place 37

13 Capture the View Beyond 38

14 Mushrooms and Staddle Stones 39

15 Power of the Portal 40

16 Soften a Corner 43

17 Watch Our for Runway Lights 44

18 Re-Re-Repetition in the Landscape 47

19 A Window in the Garden 48

20 Rustic Elegance in a Wooded Landscape 51

21 Irresistible Lookouts 52

22 Show Off That Rock! 55

23 Planter in a Bed 56

24 Tricking the Eye 59

25 Reclaim an Old Metal Gate 60

26 Why We Love Rounded Forms in the Garden 63

27 The Intriguing Dry Stream 64

28 Yin and Yang in the Garden 67

29 Accessorizing Your Garden with Pot Feet 68

30 The Long View 71

31 Exolamation Points Columnar Plants, Pillars, and Poles 72

32 Placing a Water Cascade Elevate and Set Back 75

33 Circles in the Landscape 76

34 Rain Chains 78

35 The Lure of the Sheltered Carrier 79

36 Artful Accents-Where in Place Them? 81

37 Pooling and Channeling 82

38 Move the Furniture 85

39 Have Fun with Stones 86

40 Garden Making Advice From a Zen Master 88

2 Walls, Patios, Walks, And Steps 90

41 How Big a Patio Do You Needs? 93

42 Make the Steps the Show 95

43 The 3. 4. 5 Rate For 90-Degree Corners 96

44 A Raised Walkway for Soggy Ground 97

45 Edging Makes the Different 99

46 Meet and Greet 100

47 Rounded Steps 102

48 Planking Pattern A Modern Touch 105

49 Punctuate with a Brick Border 106

50 Cedar Log Steps 109

51 Enhance the Public Face of Your House 110

52 Outdoor Steps-Wider and Lower 112

53 Cap That Wall 113

54 Why We Love Niches 115

55 Setting Stepping Stones 116

56 Make Mine Herringbone 119

57 A Connoisseur of Stone Walls 120

3 Theme Gardens 123

58 Cupid's Garden 125

59 Remember the Pollinators 127

60 A Stroll Garden 128

61 A Rock Crevice Garden 131

62 More Kitchen Gardens, Please 132

63 Hydrangea Madness 135

64 Whimsy? Why Not? 136

65 Late the Moonlight 139

66 Food for the Nose 140

67 A Garden of the Five Senses 143

68 Celebrate the Rocks 144

69 Birdscaping with Berried Plants 147

70 Medicinal Garden, Anyone? 148

71 Tropical Splash 151

72 Ferny Woodland 152

73 A Cottage Garden 155

74 A Garden for a Small Space 156

75 Everyday "Art" in the Garden 159

4 Color In The Garden 160

76 Try Some Yellow and Call Me in the Morning 165

77 Why White? 166

78 In Love with Orange 169

79 A Matter of Sunlight 172

80 A Pop of Red 175

81 One-Color Gardens and Planters 176

82 Inventive and Creative Green 179

83 See the Basics 180

84 The Mystery of a Blue Gate 183

85 Pink and Purple A Dynamic Duo 184

86 The Sound of Flowers 187

87 Match That Loaf! 188

88 Burnished Colors of Late Autumn 191

89 Accent on White and Green 192

90 The Siren Call of Bhie Evergreens 195

91 Vibrant Display Ideas for Fall 196

92 Playing with Colors 199

93 Paint it Black 200

5 Plants And Planting 203

94 Why We Garden 207

95 Bottlebrush Buckeye 208

96 A Foliage Tapestry 211

97 Russian Sage Plays Well with Others 212

98 Cool Season versus Warm Season Grasses 215

99 Butterfly Weed-So Important 216

100 Rosette Patterns Grab the Eye 219

101 The Lovely Smokebush 220

102 The Life of the World 222

103 Stepped Hedges for a Sloping Site 223

104 Lamb's Ear-Beautiful and Useful 224

105 The Gift of the Gardenia 225

106 Cloud Pruning 227

107 Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea 228

108 A Lot of a Little 231

109 Embrace the Moss 232

110 Plants in the Front Row 235

111 The Purple Persian Shield 236

112 Lifting the Canopy 239

113 Tall Verbena-An Airy Nonstop Bloomer 240

114 Fine Textures for Fine Gardens 243

115 The Sunflower The Fourth Sister 244

116 Sunlight Therapy 247

117 Mix and Match Sedum 248

118 Playful Mounds 251

119 In Praise of Coleus 252

120 Planting by the Moon 255

121 Anchors in the Landscape 256

122 Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac 259

123 Love Your Slope 260

124 Dragon's Eye Pine 263

125 Angelina Stonecrop-A Garden Workhorse 264

126 It's All About the Soil 267

127 Versatile Ornamental Onion 268

128 Go for the Bark 271

129 The Delicate Beauty of the Laceleaf Japanese Maple 272

130 Feathery Celosia 275

131 A Shape, a Volume, an Arabesque 276

132 A Sparkling Groundcover-'Beacon Silver' Dead Nettle 278

133 Light as Air-Spider Flower 279

134 'Mellow Yellow' Spirea 281

135 Ligularia 'Britt-Marie Grawford' 282

Index 284

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