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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner; 2nd edition (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580112560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580112567
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,892,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Midwest Home Landscaping, Including Southern Canada, shows how to beautify 23 common landscape situations, such as front and back entries, walkways, borders, slopes, and patios. After presenting 46 design variations, the book explains how to install and care for the plants, ponds, walls, and fences involved in the landscape designs. Plants that are proven performers in the Midwest are used in the designs and described in full detail. Step-by-step instructions provide the essential knowledge to tackle each project.
US: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Canada: Ontario (southern)

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Midwest Home Landscaping

• Approximately 475 full-color photos and illustrations

• 46 designs covering the most common situations, such as front entries, foundation plantings, patios, and steep slopes.

• Detailed descriptions of more than 200 plants that will grow well in your region, plus all you need to know to select, plant, and care for them.

• Step-by-step instructions for building structures, such as paths, patios, ponds, walls, fences, arbors, and trellises.


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Written by the founding editor of "Gardening" magazine Roger Holmes and award-winning author Rita Buchanan, and now in a new and expanded edition featuring information on more plants and additional suggested designs, Midwest Home Landscaping Including Southern Canada is a comprehensive guide to making one's home landscape more attractive and functional. Chapters address how to skillfully plan a design for one's yard, how to organize one's project and perform tasks ranging from clearing the site to fences and trellises to the planting process, and profiles of a variety of landscaping plants ideal for homes situated in the upper Midwest and Southern Canada. Step-by-step instructions and full-color photography and diagrams walk the reader through each task, and the text covers both ideas for selecting and coordinating themes as well as practical nitty-gritty details. Midwest Home Landscaping is a first-rate, comprehensive resource for homeowners of all background, regardless of past experience in gardening or landscaping.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By EAG on March 11, 2010
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Visually enticing, this book is loaded with lovely pictures and illustrations. It's a great idea book, plus basic landscaping skills instruction and planting templates. I can't fully recommend it, however, because it advocates planting some exotic species that I have spent days removing from our suburban property. These include vinca, sweet woodruff, goutweed and carpet bugle that invaded adjacent woodland and formed mats that crowded out wildflowers. It pains me to see these plants recommended for woodland borders! Japanese barberry is another particularly onerous, yet suggested, plant that is spread by birds and forms impenetrable thickets in natural areas. To their credit, Holmes and Buchanan have done a good job of also presenting a variety of native North American plant choices with ecological benefits beyond the exotics.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rodney G. Melotte on May 29, 2007
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I'm not a gardener but then again I have never had a house to HAVE a garden. We are moving onto a brand new house and I found this book by accident.

It is outstanding.

It will give you ideas on what to plant in the shade, sun part sun and what I like most are the diagrams. I have no eye for what a garden will look like in 2 months and how I should plant a garden that looks lush and well thought out. I would have planted a garden with random flowers spaced too far apart.

Perfect book for somebody that wants a garden that looks like they knew what they were doing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Ljeanne Douglas on September 27, 2008
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This book is great! It was just what I needed. It has detailed, creative, and artistic landscaping plans plus helpful planting and design information! I bought two copies of this book so I can give my daughter one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Milligan on December 9, 2010
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I moved from the south to the midwest 4 years ago and needless to say the weather and the plants that survive in this region are quite different from where I am from. This book is very informative. It has helped me and I think it would help anyone whether you are new to the midwest or been in this region from day one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Turnings on April 1, 2009
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I found this book to be a very good guide on the selection of plants to use in our landscaping improvements. I am not much a plant selection person and this book has helped in making some good choices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce M. Stackhouse on April 16, 2013
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Excellent book and layout for the novice and new student to landscape design. i bought six copies of edition two and loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WholesomeRenegade on June 19, 2012
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I borrowed this book from the library originally. It was such a great book to read! The girls at work also ended up buying a copy for their planning needs and now we are big fans of the company that prints them! : )
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