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Covering Ground Paperback – July 30, 2007
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“Barbara W. Ellis transforms yards into flowering pieces of art…offering low-maintenance schemes, plant combinations, and in-depth advice on nurturing verdant landscapes.”
“Covering Ground will inspire with its wonderful possibilities for creating eye-catching color and texture in unexpected places. Ellis has the answers to the toughest garden situations…”
East Coast Gardener
“If you’re making the decision to get rid of some water-thirsty lawn, here’s help. Here are plenty of alternatives, as simple or as show as you want, for sun or shade, around pavers, along edges, fragrant or not, fast- or slow-growing, high- or low-maintenance.”
St. Petersburg Times
“There's life beyond lawn grass, and even beyond English ivy and pachysandra. You'll find lots of good ideas in Covering Ground.”Chicago Tribune
“Barbara Ellis … elevates utilitarian ground cover plants to garden stars.”McClatchy News Service
From the Back Cover
REPLACE GRASS on hard-to-mow slopes
CONNECT scattered flower beds, trees, and shrubs
CONTROL erosion along stream banks
CARPET the patches between stepping stones
STABILIZE boggy areas
EDGE walkways, curbs, and driveways
CREATE natural alternatives to traditional lawns
ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR anywhere you need it!
Top Customer Reviews
Ground covers are traditionally planted in a single species in a large drift. The author of Covering Ground, has opened me to the idea that there are other options to how we plant ground covers. Barbara Ellis likes to plant her ground covers in small drifts - of three or five plants of a single species or intermingling two different species of plants in drifts of three to five in one bed. Very creative and extremely beautiful! I will be trying this technique.
This book had many, many color photographs and is very well organized giving specific plant suggestions for each soil type and both sun and shade situations with a nice section on native ground cover - one of my primary areas of interest.
I rated this a four star book and recommend it for any gardener.
Diane C. Donovan
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative, very organized. A fantastic book for my gardenPublished 3 months ago by Charlotte B. Hansen
A beautiful, well-written inspiring book for those who wish to have a more natural yard that requires less water to maintain.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book! The best book on this topic we have read. My wife and I both highly recommend this bookPublished 13 months ago by AmazingJHC
I borrowed this book from the library, renewed it as many times as they would let me, and then bought a copy of my own. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marsha