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This title is a practical guide to designing and planting your garden, with 15 plans and over 200 inspirational pictures. It helps how to successfully plan a garden, from a large family space to patios, balconies and even roof gardens. It contains advice, tips and great ideas on the basics of good garden design, as well as how to create a style that suits your needs. It offers over 15 plans for well-planned gardens, with stunning photographs showing them in all their glory. It gives step-by-step guidance on a range of hands-on projects, including constructing a trellis, building overheads, creating shade, and installing garden lights. It is an inspirational and practical book that will guide you from drawing your first plans through to planting preferences and adding the finishing touches. Often gardening is about maintaining the status quo, but sometimes it is about new plans and a change of design. This book will guide you through such exciting opportunities, offering help and advice on how to make the most of your garden shape and size, planning the different areas and elements, and filling the new spaces with exactly the right planting schemes for you. Divided into three sections, the book first takes you through initial surveying, basic patterns and different kinds of design. The next chapter gives guidance on boundaries, walling, creating shape and focal points and other practicalities. The last chapter offers ideas and projects to follow for gardens, patios, balconies and roof gardens, ranging from entertaining areas to chill-out zones, and different styles from elegant formality to an enchanted jungle. Illustrated throughout with 200 images, this is an invaluable guide to garden planning.
Revamp, recycle and rejuvenate your old containers into some stunning feature pieces for your garden. Learn how to become more eco-friendly and make the most of old mugs, oil cans, plastic bottles and so much more with Gardening with Junk. Delve into gardening with the first section, Getting Started, which is devoted to teaching you the basics and explaining how to choose the right container and the right plant for your space. It's easy to get carried away by your own enthusiasm but Getting Started will show you how to condense your creative thoughts into gorgeous and cohesive projects. The second section, Planted Junk, will demonstrate how to utilise all sorts of great materials, from ceramics, stone and glass, to wood, wicker, metal and plastic. Learn how to make the most of any container, whether they are beer cans, wicker baskets, quirky ceramics and so much more! The final section, Plant Directory, provides a comprehensive list of flowers and plants so that you can find what best suits you and your newly converted pots! This section also provides useful addresses that will help you on your way to a fabulously upcycled garden. Written by horticultural expert Adam Caplin, and complete with stunning photography by Francesca Yorke, Gardening with Junk is a must-have for any green-fingered enthusiast with an interest in recycling and the environment.
Ornamental grasses provide glorious visual impact and a dynamic
sense of movement. They are easy to care for, provide excellent
wildlife habitats, and are sustainable. Neil Lucas captures all
this in a practical, accessible, and beautifully illustrated book
that appeals to gardeners who want a contemporary garden without
too much effort.
Featuring over 250 stunning photographs by Michael Stavaridis of Mario Nievera's diverse gardens and landscapes As a child, Mario Nievera would fantasize about perfect, unfolding landscapes and luscious, animated gardens. Now, he creates them: Nievera Williams Design, one of the top landscape architectural firms in the country, plans and develops diverse projects for residential estates, community parks, and corporate and institutional properties, both nationally and abroad. For Mario, it is imperative that a house be closely connected to its surroundings: with every project, whether bucolic and classical, elegant and refined, or dramatic and fanciful, he endeavors to achieve a seamless integration between interior and exterior spaces. Using a colorful palette of unique and varied vegetation, from vibrant flower beds to elegant coconut palms and rustic ivy-covered trellises to framing Ficus trees, Mario uses nature as a tool for design. Painting with plant-life in climates as diverse as tropical Floridian coasts and as temperamental as windy New York rooftops, Forever Green presents the landscape architect's innovative idylls from all of our dreams. It is sure to make you green with envy.
Planting and gardening techniques to attract birds, bees, butterflies, beneficial bugs and more to your outside space. If you would like to attract wildlife to your garden, you need to learn which plants to grow, how to provide nesting areas, when to prune shrubs or mow the grass and when to leave well alone, how to deal with weeds, how to create a pond for tadpoles and frogs and more. The choice of plants is important, including shrubs which provide berries as food for birds, tall plants to attract bees and dragonflies, trees with nesting areas for birds, flowers to provide pollen for bees, and night-scented plants to attract moths and bats. Follow the insect-friendly ways to keep weeds under control and to deter unwanted visitors such as slugs, and learn how to make organic plant feed. Discover how to turn a pile of logs into a home for ladybirds and other insects, how to plant a hedge to provide cover for small mammals, how to create a pond (no digging involved!), and how to make simple birdhouses and feeders. No matter what size your outside space - from a single windowbox to a full-sized garden - The Urban Wildlife Gardener contains hundreds of easy-to-follow tips and techniques, simple projects, and essential plant know-how.
Patiently nurturing a bonsai and watching it come to resemble a venerable old tree is what bonsai growers love best. Most bonsai hobbyists will be content simply to raise such a tree, but bonsai's greatest satisfaction actually lies one step beyond: in displaying the tree indoors to be viewed and appreciated. Patiently nurturing a bonsai and watching it come to resemble a venerable old tree is what bonsai growers love best. Most bonsai hobbyists will be content simply to raise such a tree, but bonsai's greatest satisfaction actually lies one step beyond: in
This title features over 160 step-by-step projects for beautiful window boxes and hanging baskets, both inside and outside, and detailed advice and guidance for caring for over 180 different types of houseplant. It offers themed ideas for beautiful containers, including displays based on colour, scent or the seasons. An illustrated A-Z of houseplants provides at-a-glance information for over 180 varieties. It shows you how to choose plants that are in top condition, and keep them free from pests and diseases: basic and advanced care and maintenance techniques for plant health all around the year. This practical book demonstrates how easy it is to cultivate beautiful containers to completely transform a small patio area, a window, or a corner of your home. The opening section on the container garden consists of inspiring projects for gardeners of all levels of experience. There are also fun projects designed for children, all with step-by-step colour photographs. The second section focuses on houseplants, with detailed guidance on how to choose and care for indoor plants. An A-Z of common plant names and a plant guide concludes the content, providing a quick reference to plant names, plant types, the conditions they like and the ideal watering and feeding regime. Here is everything you need to know about gardening in pots, planters, boxes and tubs in one comprehensive and accessible volume.
With their colorful leaves, sculptural shapes, and simple care,
succulents are beautiful yet forgiving plants for pots. If grown in
containers, these dry-climate jewels which include but are not
limited to cacti can be brought indoors in winter and so can thrive
anywhere in the world.
Water running over rocks is a welcome element in any outdoor space, having the power to soothe or excite. Whether you want a small feature or a series of waterfalls, this practical guide provides a host of inspirational ideas for using water and rock in your garden. Step-by-step photographic sequences and cross-sectional artworks show how to build a range of features, including a Rock-edged Pool, a Wildlife Pool and free-standing features such as a Cobble Fountain or a Brimming Urn. Useful sections look at introducing fish into a pond, while a helpful chapter on care and maintenance explains how to keep your water and rock garden in top condition.
From elegant warmth-loving moth orchids to exquisite slipper orchid, Growing Windowsill Orchids tells you everything you need to know about successful orchid growing in the home. Written in non-technical language and copiously illustrated with photographs and informative line drawings, this new edition of the bestselling book provides advice on how to choose the best plant, how to look after your orchid when it has finished flowering and how to get it to flower again year after year. Cultivation advice includes the best place to grow your plants in the home, how frequently to water and feed your plants and how to keep them free from pests and disease. Step-by-step instructions explain how and when to repot your plants, what composts to use and when to water. For readers who wish to learn more about their orchids, Phil delves into the basis of orchid biology, conservation and how plants get from the nursery to your shop. The second edition has up to date information as well as new advancements in orchid conservation that relate back to the orchid growing in your home.
This book motivates gardeners to adopt a completely different mindset: instead of growing foreign plants and killing perceived pests, gardeners can benefit from planting indigenous vegetation with the object of actually attracting insects and other garden wildlife. It illustrates how easy it is to work with nature instead of against it. Not just another gardening book, it encourages gardeners to help preserve and restore our fast-disappearing natural heritage. In this way they can contribute to conservation right on their own doorsteps, while deriving great pleasure in the process. Virtually every aspect of environmentally-friendly gardening is covered, making it a complete “how to” guide and debunking some long-held myths. Winner of a University of KwaZulu-Natal book prize, the first edition was out of print for several years after all 15 000 copies had been sold. This is the Western Edition, for the western half of South Africa that the original didn’t pertain to. The book is lighthearted and entertaining whilst avoiding the technical terms, thus making it an easy read. The book is enhanced by delightful humorous drawings that emphasise points made in the text. A must for all nature-loving gardeners, the large amount of information is almost encyclopedic and will also be more than useful to conservationists and anyone with an interest in the natural sciences.
Compiled from the pages of "Fine Gardening" magazine, "Container Gardening" takes the reader by the hand and provides a tutorial on the three major aspects of container gardening: designing beautiful pots, combining plants that will thrive in any region of the country, and keeping the plants healthy and beautiful all season. The ideal option for renters, or those without the time and space for traditional gardening, container gardening is becoming increasingly popular. This thorough and comprehensive guide covers every conceivable nuance and even includes galleries of ideas for green-fingered inspiration. "Fine Gardening" magazine from The Taunton Press, combines breathtaking design ideas, helpful techniques and the know-how to get great results in your own garden.
Bonsai the Japanese art of training plants to form elegant sculptures is an age-old craft that appeals to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Bountiful Bonsai presents a radical new approach that applies bonsai techniques to everyday container gardening, instantly turning houseplants and herbs into beautiful and unusual bonsai sculptures! Bonsai expert Richard Bender not only expects his plants to look good but to yield pleasant fragrances, fresh herbs and fruits for his table. He shows readers how to create instant bonsai by shaping a range of common house plants, including: Fragrant hibiscus and jasmine Kitchen herbs such as rosemary and thyme Luscious fruits like cherries and oranges Medicinals such as tea tree and camphor laurel. This beautifully illustrated volume provides all the information you need to get started, from plant choice advice to care requirements and bonsai carving tips. Suitable for indoor gardening, or shaping exquisite bonsai fruit trees for outside gardens, Bender turns a finicky art into a hobby accessible to all. Bonsai have graced Japanese homes for centuries, now they can yield useful crops that will simultaneously satisfy your artistic sensibility and also provide some wonderful meals!
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