A practical, hands-on approach to creating a garden from the ground up.
The Essential Garden Design Workbook will guide you through the process of planning and implementing an expertly designed garden, with step-by-step instructions on surveying the site, choosing landscaping materials, developing planting schemes and every step in between. This revised and updated edition of Rosemary Alexander's classic reference includes valuable green gardening tips, explaining how to harvest rainwater, design green roofs and create sustainable plantings, with more than 50 new photographs showing how environmentally friendly elements like recycled material, rainwater butts and composting areas can be successfully integrated into the garden's design. Made for hands-on gardeners, the workbook approach is accessible and highly practical whether you are creating a new garden from scratch of revamping an existing one. Gardeners will find easy ways to measure large spaces, estimate the height of a tree and find the right proportions for a deck. They'll also find a wealth of advice on using space, light and colour. Includes hundreds of easy-to-follow line drawings and diagrams.
The author tackles a vast subject in a clear, concise and unintimidating way, guiding the reader logically through basic horticultural techniques.
Rosemary Alexander's book will certainly be useful to people starting out in gardening and to new students of horticulture, and it will also encourage more experienced gardeners to renew their techniques of garden management.
[Proves that] a designer garden is within everyone's reach! This invaluable book goes right to the basics pinpointing the key practical essentials for a successful garden.