Thislarger-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
About the Author
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.
Table of ContentsMID-ATLANTIC HOME LANDSCAPING
Table of Contents
About This BookSeasons in Your LandscapeAs Your Landscape Grows
PORTFOLIO OF DESIGNS
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.
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