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 or it just doesn't resonate with you, and you have no idea why or what to do about it. Don't despair! Acclaimed garden designer and best-selling author Rebecca Sweet offers simple strategies for transforming blah spaces into breathtaking places. Garden transformations don't always require an expensive overhaul by a team of professionals. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh perspective, and a new way to look at your garden. You'll learn how to identify problem areas with your current plantings (such as clashing colors, lack of flow or 'one-of-each-itis') and how to inject new life using artful combinations of color, texture, shape and form. You'll learn how to break down traditional garden design principles into easy-to-understand and, more importantly, easy-to-implement solutions. Inspirational photographs highlight and reinforce real-life situations, helping you not only to identify what has gone wrong with your garden, but how to fix the problem. All the while transforming your garden into a rich and layered tapestry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Exactly what I wanted. Clearly written, great examples, supported by excellent pictures. My garden plants had become overgrown in some areas, trees had shaded formerly sunny places, and the garden looked like a real hodgepodge. Sweet's book has given me many ideas about how to tame and refresh the garden and make it appealing again.
Very good book, great ideas.
Finally - the book I have needed for so long! As a frustrated weekend Gardner, I waste tons of money at the nursery in hopes of making my garden beautiful. I always think - maybe it needs just a few more plants. I have already read this book twice. This is what I have been needing for years. Each chapter gives me insight into what I have been doing wrong and how to look at the garden differently - like a landscape designer! Every page gives me amazing information along with beautiful AND instructional photographs. Reading the book is like sitting down with a wonderful designer like Rebecca and going over every area of the garden. I plan on giving this book to every friend, relative, and client who loves to garden, but can never get it quite right. Thank you for writing such a thoughtful, helpful and beautiful book. I know because of the book, there is hope for my garden!
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