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Wingate provides numerous options for gardeners who want to create oases of safety from contemporary intrusions. Buffers, barriers, and screens—these “practical, creative, sustainable ideas” for landscaping “an enjoyable extension of your home” are thoughtfully integrated into garden concepts. Buffers moderate temperature extremes, wind, noise, and the neighbors’ kids. Trees and shrubs provide shade and insulation, and yards gain privacy and serenity with water features, mixed-planing hedgerows, and terraces of mounded shrubs. Barriers include berms, prickly hedges, and fencing—some living, such as shaped or espaliered permanent tree structures. Screening with visual interest, such as lattices supporting climbing roses, spell relief from unwanted views. Tips on plant choices and abundant full-color photos and illustrations complement listings of further readings and resources, conversion tables and plant hardiness zones, and a detailed index to create a comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven. --Whitney Scott
"Offers much practical information...and help[s] us make our gardens just what we want."
I was hoping for more detailed plans and ideas. This book was lacking pictures, and layouts. Wish I didn't waste my time or money on this.Published 17 months ago by Bonitz's
I based my pond on ideas from this book and the pictures are lovely. Lots of style variety but primarily traditional.Published 18 months ago by Heidi
This was a Christmas present for my daughter and she was so happy to see it when she opened the package. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jane Perkins
I found many ideas in this book. One was a way to create natural privary through planting bamboo in containers. I planted them and enjoy the natural screen.Published on September 3, 2013 by Joan Mims
There are many facets to landscaping that I have yet to unveil. The upside to Wingate's book is that I was introduced to various terminology and concepts that may appear familiar... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Old school Lycan
I was looking for a book with more pictures and an analysis of which style of fence looks good in which setting. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Crystal
Not what i exopected for the money. Didn't have as mcuh useful info as I would have liked for what I was looking for in the book.Published on January 30, 2013 by maxy