Front Yard Idea Book

Front Yard Idea Book - Gardening Book

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Front Yard Idea Book

by Jeni Webber

9-1/4 x 10-7/8 in., 192 pages, with color photos and drawings, paperback

A hands-on guide that puts curb appeal
within reach of every home

Front yards make strong first impressions. Taunton's Front Yard Idea Book gives you the tools you need to make your yard's first impression spectacular. The first outdoor book in Taunton's popular Idea Book series, this book is filled with practical ideas on everything from creating an inviting entry and driveway to lighting for mood and safety to designing the right foundation plantings. Dozens of site plans and creative solutions to common landscaping problems make this an invaluable hands-on guide that puts curb appeal within reach of every home.

Taunton's Front Yard Idea Book is packed with...

  • creative landscaping plans for all site shapes and sizes -- from tiny, in-town lots and homes on steep slopes to traditional suburban neighborhoods and country farmhouses
  • everything you need to know about how to improve curb appeal
  • innovative solutions to common landscaping problems, such as poor drainage, unwanted views, limited parking space, and lack of privacy

"An excellent introduction to a much-neglected aspect of American garden design."
-- Michael Weishan, Host, PBS' The Victory Garden

About the author
Jeni Webber is a residential landscape architect and garden designer in Oakland, California. Several of the gardens she designed, along with her writing and illustrations, have appeared in Fine Gardening magazine.


Table of Contents


1. Getting Started
Take Stock of Your Situation
Make the Most of Your Space
Take Cues from Your Architecture
Designing a Master Plan
Budgets, Schedules, and Priorities

2. Entries
Stoops and Landings

3. Paths and Steps
Main Paths
Secondary Paths
Steps and Handicap Ramps

4. Driveways and Parking
Parking Bays, Pull-Offs, and Parking Courts
Street Entries

5. Property Boundaries
Periphery Plantings

6. Foundation Plantings
Architectural Cues
Bed Layout
Three-Dimensional Plantings
Plant Selection

7. Ground Covers
Alternative Ground Covers
Nonliving Ground Covers

8. Plantings
Beds and Borders
Container Gardens
Cottage Gardens
Woodland Groves

9. Lighting
Lighting Paths, Steps, and Driveways
Lighting Entries and Activity Areas
Accent Lighting


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