May 1998

Garden Blueprints

By Becke Davis
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Some people enjoy the challenge of designing their own garden from start to finish. They plot which plants should go where, what color combinations look best, what will survive in their climate, and what will give them the biggest bang for their buck. There are just as many people, however, who have neither the time, know-how, or inspiration to design a garden. Beginners and intermediate gardeners also experience the added burden of intimidation when they first sit down with piece of graph paper. Fortunately, Garden Blueprints is now available to help. Garden Blueprints is a practical guide with advice on how to cut corners, minimize your learning curve, and save time and money. It offers ready-made garden plans scaled to the typical backyard, tips for implementing each plan, extensive plant lists, and easy-to-follow directions for planting and maintaining.

Among the many garden plans included are: the children's garden, city courtyard garden, fragrant garden, moonlight garden, hummingbird garden, hot color garden, and the seaside garden. There is also information on planting a shade garden, wetland garden, and meadow garden. This beautifully illustrated volume of garden plans and full-color photographs will assist beginners and advanced gardeners alike and will be a wonderful addtion to any gardener's bookshelf.

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