Front Yard Gardens
Growing More Than GrassBook - 2003
Offers ideas for transforming a front yard from grass to garden, including advice on overcoming obstacles including driveways, lamposts, and slopes.
Firefly Books Ltd
A practical and beautifully illustrated garden design book that looks at ways to transform suburban front yards into attractive, easier to maintain, and less water and chemical dependent, gardens -- more than just grass and a tree.
Although upkeep is labor intensive and often requires an arsenal of dangerous chemicals to keep it free of weeds and pests, the appeal of a manicured lawn is almost irresistible. But more people are discovering a very attractive alternative.
Packed with practical tips and beautiful photographs, Front Yard Gardens:
- Explores the history of the lawn and our attachment to it Contains examples of front yard gardens from more than seventy gardens across North America Provides step-by-step instructions to start and grow your own front yard garden
Liz Primeau transformed her lawn in a quiet suburb to a mixed garden with a profusion of flowering plants, shrubs, and cacti. She now enjoys an eye-catching front garden that requires no chemicals and less watering than her lawn.
This book includes overall planning and design, and outlines the steps for removing the grass, enriching the soil, and planting. The book is divided into several types of front yard gardens, including cottage, minimalist, secret, neighborhood, downtown, and natural. She discusses the key elements of each style, gives tips on how to create and maintain the garden, and provides a list of complementary plants.
With more than two hundred beautiful photographs taken expressly for this book by Andrew Leyerle, Front Yard Gardens is a sensual treasure-trove of ideas.
Primeau, in a handsome volume illustrated with photographs by Andrew Leyerle, offers front yard design solutions that use plants and flowers instead of grass. Following a chapter that argues for the environmental benefit of such a yard, guidance is offered on how to plan and implement removing one's lawn and select an attractive array of plants to replace it. The remaining text offers various designs, with photos of successful yards, many of them in Ontario, Canada. Primeau is founding editor of Canadian Gardening . Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)