by Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner
This book offers advice on how to create a low-maintenance garden that stays attractive all year. The first section, titled "Nuts and Bolts", explains the broad principles behind the author's four-season approach to garden design. Subsequent sections describe trees and shrubs as the main attractions, providing structural elements that define the garden space, even in winter, complemented by a "supporting cast" of bulbs, annuals and other plants. A finishing touches section deals with incorporating decorative and functional items such as birdhouses, container gardens, sculpture, and garden structures.
There are 10 garden designs to illustrate the ideas presented, including a scented garden, a garden for wet sites, and a winter wonderland garden. Easy-to-read charts and appendices let you select plants for year-round beauty in any zone. Illustrated with color photographs and watercolors throughout.
Softcover, 8-1/2" x 10", 248 pages, 2010.