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
“Readers with varying space, budgets, and lifestyles will find this book creative and helpful”
(Debra Prinzing Library Journal
“A comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven.”
“An excellent resource for anyone who needs to add screening, barriers or buffers to their private world.”
“With such an expansive playbook, there's no reason for dull uniformity.”
"Offers much practical information...and help[s] us make our gardens just what we want."