The "Sunday Times" Small Gardens for Modern Living

The "Sunday Times" Small Gardens for Modern Living

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This guide to making and maintaining a stylish, contemporary outdoor living space covers every area of gardening, from deciding on a design and drawing up detailed plans, to creating and planting the garden of your dreams. Trouble-shooting tips, checklists and plant lists offer user-friendly, at-a-glance advice. Step-by-step photography provides fresh ideas for garden projects, from water features to decking. Whether you have a tiny suburban plot, a rooftop patio, or a weed-ridden courtyard, you should find inspiration and advice more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 240 x 276 x 20mm | 961.62g
  • Octopus Publishing Group
  • Hamlyn
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0600609529
  • 9780600609520

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With ever-expanding towns and cities, more and more houses are being built to accommodate the ever-burdgeoning population. But the downside is the lack of green spaces, making the tiniest garden that much more precious to escape to. But what can you do with such a small plot? The initial inclination is to pave it and add a few pots but this timely book from the "Sunday Times" goes to prove a LOT more can be done to create your own oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. From hiding unsightly views to basic design, planting and cultivation, water features and rockeries, and not forgetting the vertical aspects either with trellis, planters, pergolas and more. Clearly laid out, well-written and with plenty of tips, ideas and inspiration, this book goes a long way to dispelling the myth that you can't do much with a small garden. Cool, clean, contemporary looks enveloping plant tastes across the spectrum ensure a modern take on the traditional ideal for today's living. - Lucy Watsonshow more

Table of contents

Part 1 Making plans: assessing the plot; preparing a plan. Part 2 Styling space: urban, contemporary; formal; courtyard garden; front garden; informal garden; low-maintenacne garden; foliage; plant lover's garden; wildlife garden; oriental-style garden; roof garden. Part 3 Small issues: maximizing space; enhancing space; creating privacy; disguising essentials. Part 4 Modern surface: design considerations; hard landscaping materials; changes of level; paving; decks and decking; gravel; lawns. Part 5 Beautiful boundaries: walls; stylish fences and simple screens; hedges; entrances and exits. Part 6 Creative touches: water garden basics; scree and gravel gardens; raised bed; rock garden; pergolas and arches; obelisks and tripods; ornaments; mirrors, mosaics and trompe l'oeil. Part 7 Elegant containers: conventional containers; unusual containers; seasonal displays; grouping and moving containers; windowboxes and hanging baskets; planting tips and maintenacne. Part 8 Effective planting: small plants for a small space; plant shapes and positioning; creating structure; planning a border; year-round interest; using colour; small-scale kitchen garden; planting tips and maintenance. Part 9 City sanctuaries: the urban garden; design features; successful planting. Part 10 The outdoor living room: seating (benches and seats); furniture (tables and chairs); dining and entertaining; lighting; more

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