Designs for Gardens

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Design for Gardens

by Joseph Hudak

0-88192-441-5
217 pp, 147 color photos, 7 3/8 x 10 3/8", hardcover.

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 11

Chapter 1: Gardening Innovations Through the Centuries 15

Chapter 2: Basic Agenda for Evaluating Your Site 44
Outlining Your Goals 44
Open Space 47
Soil Composition 49
Surface-Water Drainage 50
Factors of Sun, Shade, Wind, and Dryness 51

Chapter 3: Major Components of Garden Design 54
Formal or Symmetric Details 54
Informal or Asymmetric Details 59
Naturalized or Rustic Details 60
Earth Grading 62
Water Features 64
Walls 74
Fences 80
Walks and Steps 87
Terraces and Decks 91
Outdoor Rooms 97
Proportionate Size in Plants and Construction 100
Form in Plants and Construction 102
Texture in Plants and Construction 103
Placement of Plants and Construction 105
Color Harmony in Plants and Construction 107

Chapter 4: Creating a Site Program 108
Making a Map 108
Exploring a Basic Layout 111

Chapter 5: Unifying the Design 113
Design Principles of Order 113
Design Values 119

Chapter 6: The Stimulus of Color 129
Color Fundamentals 129
The Color Wheel 130
Dimensions of Color 133
The Color of Light 133
Adjusting Light Intensity 134
EVects of Color 134
Seasonal Color in Plants 135

Chapter 7: Evergreen Plant Considerations 139
Needle Evergreen Trees and Shrubs 141
Dwarf Conifers 142
Broadleaf Evergreen Trees, Shrubs, and Vines 144
Palms 146

Chapter 8: Deciduous and Herbaceous Plant Considerations 149
Deciduous Trees, Shrubs, and Vines 149
Cactuses 153
Herbaceous Perennials, Bulbs, Ferns, Ornamental Grasses, and Annuals 155

Chapter 9: Selecting Plants for Gardens 161
Types of Vegetation 164
Plant Outlines and Garden Meanings 169
Hedges 172
Espaliers 176
Plants in Containers 179
Plant Positioning 180
Seasonal Assets 182
EVects of Shade 183
Soil Moisture Adaptation 186
Xeriscapes 187
Overgrowth 188

Chapter 10: Foundation Planting 190

Chapter 11: Five Years to Fulfillment: A Renovation Odyssey 196

Metric Conversion Chart 211
Index 213

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