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Hillside Landscaping: A Complete Guide to Successful Gardens on Sloping Ground Paperback – January 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0376037787 ISBN-10: 0376037784 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 2 edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0376037784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376037787
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than half a century, Sunset has been helping readers remodel their homes and improve their lives. Sunset has a circulation of over 1.1 million and a readership of 5.325 million.


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Customer Reviews

Great book for hillside landscaping!
Dee56
It is a "big picture" book, presenting ideas of how to landscape a hillside property using retaining walls, terraces, paths, boulders, and various plants.
LaurentG
The ideas and photos in the book are good.
Erin L. Magnuson

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Captain Latte on October 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has some excellent ideas and design concepts for landscaping those hills of yours. For me, the diversity of colorful photos provided some wonderful ideas when working with my landscape architect. This book has a good section on erosion control and drainage, but probably not detailed enough for more severe grades - in which case you should probably consult a professional. We already hired a landscape architect, but having this book has given us some great ideas and direction for what we want to do with our hillside.

The other reason you may want a professional is that the last section which recommends plants to use for erosion control is not all that useful. In fact, I knocked a few stars from my review because they specifically recommended Hedera (English Ivy) and Hypericum (St. Johnswort) on their Ground Cover list. Both of these species are quite invasive and extremely bad selections, especially in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, Hedera is on our state's Noxious plants list and eradication of Ivy is a high priority. Additionally, some studies have shown that Ivy has little effect on erosion control. It is better to consult with your local nursery or landscape architect on best erosion control plants to use in your specific location as these can differ significantly by zone.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ridahoan on June 16, 2010
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Great photos of beautiful designs. However, most if done professionally would be in the $100K range, and many are beyond the scope of the average DIY. It is a great book for dreaming and imagining what is possible, but there is not enough practical translation to smaller, more realistic projects. If you don't already own a book with big ideas and stunning shots, this is a good one, and though it has some diagrams and advice for construction, it probably will not be detailed enough for most projects.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim Francis on August 9, 2007
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So many visual ideas in this book with practical "how to" advice as well! Full of color photo's of beautiful landscaping along with clear instructions on how to do things like stonework, steps, paving, walls, etc. I've just purchased some land on a mountain in a rural location and I'm very glad to have this book. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clada in St Croix on September 5, 2009
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Really useful book if you are landscaping a hillside. Constructed the wood frame steps and they came out beautiful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelly on November 5, 2013
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This book has a limited variety of options. It is meant for (possibly) California residents, and has very few options for climates other than hot and dry ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susanne V. on June 27, 2013
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This is a useful guide for anyone planning to plant a hillside. Includes illustrations for building stone stairways, retaining walls and water features.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett Paul Bellmore on June 16, 2013
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If I could have only one book on the subject, this is the one I'd pick.

How a wide variety of retaining walls are built, where you should use this or that technique, at what point you should bring in a professional, and a gallery of really inspiring examples.

The only thing missing is better identification of some of the plants found in the example photos.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A on March 5, 2012
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The book is helpful for giving general information on plantings and specific information on other items. However, it is disappointing that many of the photographs, including the cover, do not identify the plants.
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