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Mosaic is an ever-popular craft that can be done on any budget and by any level of crafter. The range of materials that can be used, including glass, pebbles, and tile, are available in a vast array of colors, making it easy for the crafter to truly tailor each project to their unique tastes.
Mosaic Garden Projects applies the art of mosaic to both functional and decorative pieces for the garden. This hands-on guide includes a primer on the fundamentals of mosaic, with information on materials and the three different mosaic methods. The twenty-five step-by-step projects build on the basics and are arranged in order of difficulty. The book begins with simple projects, such as address numbers, bird feeders, and stepping stones, and ends with more involved pieces, including a jeweled frog, pagoda, and orb fountain. Project templates are included along with instructions on how to scale each project.
This comprehensive reference provides practical guidance for any homeowner who wants to create a more attractive yard. Written by landscaping experts, it provides time-tested, easy-to-follow instructions for designing and shaping an effective landscape plan. Whether renovating an existing landscape or completely starting from scratch, readers will learn to make the best use of the space that they currently have, while thinking ahead about how they might improve their grounds in the future. From growing lawns and planting trees, to putting in stone walkways or water elements, readers will discover the right way to do it in straight-forward steps that anyone can follow to realize their dreams. City dwellers, suburbanites, and rural homesteaders alike will find a wealth of useful ideas for landscaping their properties, accompanied by clear step-by-step illustrations. This all-you-need-to-know reference will prove indispensable for both amateur and professional landscapers. Readers will get useful tips on correcting drainage and preparing soil for planting, plus great information on planting and caring for newly planted growth. A section on hardscaping shows how to build patios, fences, walls and gates, with advice on working with pavers, brick, concrete and stone. A final section covers finishing touches, including planting and caring for newly planted flowers, bulbs, and trellises.
"Mini Encyclopedia of Garden Ponds" has all the know-how needed to create an ideal water feature in any garden. It examines a variety of ponds according to their size and type, from formal to wildlife, and considers their installation, from siting and budget to construction and equipment, such as filters and pumps.
Useful directories feature photographs and detailed descriptions of native and exotic plants and wildlife with which to stock a pond, with a particular emphasis on achieving and maintaining a balanced and healthy pond environment. A further chapter describes and illustrates the process of planting oxygenating marginal plants that enhance the pond's health and appearance. Water features, such as waterfalls and streams, are covered and a final section explains routine care and maintenance to ensure the pond looks its best all year round.
"Mini Encyclopedia of Garden Ponds" is written in an accessible and easy-to-understand style, and illustrated with a wealth of color photographs and illustrations to support the comprehensive text and bring to life the joys of pond ownership for the reader.
Marietta and Ernie O'Byrne's garden - situated on one and a half acres in Eugene, Oregon - is filled with an incredible array of plants from around the world. By consciously leveraging the garden's many microclimates, they have created a stunning patchwork of exuberant plants that is widely considered one of America's most outstanding private gardens. In A Tapestry Garden, the O'Byrne's share their deep knowledge of plants and essential garden advice with gardeners everywhere. Readers will discover the humble roots of the garden, explore the numerous habitats and the plants that make them shine, and find inspiration in photography that captures the garden's astonishing beauty. There is something here for every type of gardener: a shade garden, perennial borders, a chaparral garden, a kitchen garden, and more. Profiles of the O'Byrne's favourite plants - including hellebores, trilliums, arisaemas, and alpine plants - include comprehensive growing information and tips on pruning and care. A Tapestry Garden captures the spirit of a very special place. Equal parts inspirational and practical, it will help gardeners weave their own incredible garden.
Discover the secrets to creating your perfect garden with this superbly illustrated guide to designing and building walks, patios & walls. "Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls" provides readers with all the information and know-how they need to add that personal touch to their garden with walkways, patios, and walls. Included are: ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and, brick and mortared stone walls. Lavish full-colour photographs provide design inspiration, while the extensive how-to section provides easy-to-follow information and advice on every aspect of the project - from picking the right tools to adding finishing touches. This volume includes: more than 450 full-color photos & illustrations; easy-to-follow instructions for popular projects; advice on how to adapt projects to your home; and, much, much more.
Richard Wilford is an experienced horticulturalist who serves on the RHS Bulb Committee. He brings his experience and enthusiasm to bear on the challenges of choosing the right tulips for each garden situation, providing cultivation tips, design advice and mouthwatering photographs to inspire keen gardeners everywhere. The book also includes a useful resource section on where to see and buy the best tulips.
Gardens, just like houses, sometimes need makeovers. The changes can be as minor as replacing a shrub or as major as pulling everything up and starting from scratch. No matter the size of your space or the scope of the project, the sage advice in Garden Renovation will help you turn a problem-filled yard into a paradise. Bobbie Schwartz draws on her years of experience as a garden designer to teach gardeners how to evaluate the plants and features present in their gardens, determine what to keep and what to remove, choose the right plants and design plans for successful remodels, and how to know when to hire help. A gallery of before-and-after photos provides ideas and inspiration for turning a tired garden into an enlivening retreat.
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