- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books; 2 edition (March 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155407598X
- ISBN-13: 978-1554075980
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Primeau, founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine, posits that a perfect lawn may not always be a good thing, arguing that well-manicured lawns are high-maintenance, chemical-dependent water guzzlers; she would be happy to see them all replaced by the flower gardens so often relegated to the back yards of urban and suburban houses. Starting with the luxuriant display of flowers, foliage plants, and shrubs in her own front yard in Toronto, she discusses more than 70 front yard gardens, most of them in Canada but some in Texas, Arizona, California and Wisconsin. She divides these front yard gardens into eight types-cottage, small city, opulent, minimalist, fusion (some grass allowed), natural, neighborhood and secret-and shows in text and photographs how they were designed, how they reflect the personalities of their owners, and what plants were used. There can be obstacles to such gardens in cities and suburbs-neighbors' objections, local regulations, overhead and underground wires, bad drainage, and hard surfaces-and she describes how many people have overcome these problems. Unfortunately, Primeau doesn't include among the many splendid photographs in the book any that show how one of these colorful gardens would stand out in the context of a block where all the other houses are fronted with carpets of grass. But this is a small matter. The book is handsome, informative and amusingly written, and it should serve as an inspiration to those who are tired of old-fashioned lawns. 240 color photographs. Garden Book Club and Country Home & Garden Book Club selection.
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Alternatives to the traditional lawn effectively cut down on water usage and may also play host to beneficial insects and birds. Once the desire to do away with grass takes root, readers can turn to Primeau for help in rejuvenating a front yard so that flowers, foliage textures, and hardscaping come together in inviting swaths to both beautify and benefit the environment. Options presented range from cottage style to a minimalist approach stressing restrained designs. Even fusion plans are included, showing landscapes where small areas of grass combine with beds, borders, or expansive plantings. Primeau's Canadian point of view proposes plant lists spanning the mild realm of Vancouver, cold-winter regions of Winnipeg and Toronto, along with a smattering of gardens from Texas, Arizona, and Wisconsin. Useful as a source book, this volume presents photographs and text that suggest potential ideas to increase curb appeal through the transformation of front yards and parkways. Alice Joyce
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Top customer reviews
If you don't have the time to visit major botanical gardens and arboretums to gather ideas (like we did), this book will be a great help to you. Digging up that first shovel full of grass is the hardest part---but caution, you may find yourself addicted to beautiful gardens and digging up the rest of the lawn.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants great pictures ideas on how to start a flower/herb (with trees and shrubs) in their front yards, or back yards.
This is a picture book mainly, If you want a book on how to start an ornamental garden this may not be the book for you. With that said, you will still want to buy this book. It will surely inspire you to find out how to start a garden!
I just love it.
I loved the story of the author's own garden, as well as the photographs which showed the journey from suburban lawn to a gorgeously abundant cottage garden. The book is just really well written and interesting and seems to anticipate questions before they arrive in your mind. This is my favorite garden "inspiration" book. Highest recommendation.
Most recent customer reviews
would be a good gift to someone who loves to garden.