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Clever design tips and gorgeous DIY projects...,
This review is from: Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces (Paperback)
As a landscape designer, books that solve problems are high on my go-to list.
Ugly old chimneys, vents, air conditioners, or chicken coops? Morrison and Sweet have ample solutions to these and other potential eyesores.
Need to bring height to a garden bed or patio that has no room for width? They show multiple examples and photos of how to make the most of small or skinny spaces.
How to bring interest and beauty to a barren wall? Step-by-step instructions for a number of DIY projects are included, with full-color photos of each step along the way.
They cover trellises and arbors, growing edibles vertically, living walls, screening, small urban spaces, and more. I loved that they included a lot of non-intuitive design tips that you can tell come directly from their years as landscape designers. Even as a designer myself, I picked up a number of exciting new ways of looking at things and tips on using different textures effectively for their effect on space. And their photos and projects have me so inspired. I am definitely going to try making my own living succulent wall and potato tower!
Whether you're looking to maximize your space as an urban gardener, or you have a sprawling lot with more than one "garden secret" you'd like to hide, I highly recommend this book for its beautiful photos and innovative design solutions. While vertical gardening is a hot trend right now, I see this book as being a solidly useful design and idea manual that will grace your shelves for years to come.