- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); Revised edition (19 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1465463852
- ISBN-13: 978-1465463852
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 3 x 29.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.9 Kg
- Customer Reviews: 78 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Encyclopedia of Landscape Design Hardcover – 19 September 2017
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Windows on the World
Sliding glass panels are used to separate the spaces in this ingenious design, bringing the architecture of the house out into the garden with a deft lightness of touch.
Two garden types are associated with the Mediterranean region; informal and formal. Informal gardens tend to feature gravel, with planting arranged in structural groups or masses. The formal gardens of the Mediterranean tend to utilize water and stone, often with clipped hedges and specimen trees such as tall, slender cypresses.
Mediterranean gardens are famous for their tough yet beautiful drought-tolerant plants, sun-drenched open spaces, and dancing fountains and water spouts. Here, these elements are combined in a modern update at a traditional courtyard garden.
What is Natural Style?
A sustainable garden should be capable of working as an effective ecosystem, with reduced or minimal levels of intervention. Ecological principles play an essential role in creating habitats in which planting neighbors thrive, competition between them is balanced, and species are closely matched to the prevailing soil and climatic conditions.
Planting choices in this compact courtyard garden are informed by the dappled shade of silver birch trees.
Blending wildflowers, ornamental plants, a small woodland, and recycled materials, this design shows how a natural garden can also look sophisticated and exciting, while offering a range of habitats for birds, beneficial insects, and other forms of wildlife.
Laying a Path
Small paving units, such as blocks, bricks, and cobblestones, offer flexibility when designing a path. If you use recycled bricks, check they are frostproof and hardwearing; ordinary house bricks are not suitable.
Interpreting the Style
If hard surfaces for outdoor living dominate, planting has to work harder to compensate. Choose simple, bold architectural combinations that are stylish and easily maintained. For densely planted areas, keep paving simple, using strong textural foliage and color as a foil to the built-up environment.
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There’s just too much vague information crammed into this coffee-table style book that’s actually useful. The plant guide offers a smattering of attractive photos and snippets of info about a variety of trees and plants, but then entirely omits critical planting zone designations for them. That gorgeous shrub photo you just fell in love with might not grow in the Midwest. The “Making A Garden” chapter shows many building techniques, but I’d be very hesitant to follow such basic steps without consulting additional sources as well.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get many ideas from this beautiful encyclopedia. Minimalist landscape designs take just as much planning as the busy, overcrowded planting ideas I mainly saw and read about in this book. My suggestion—check Encyclopedia Of Landscape Design out of the library before making an actual purchase, or look into specific landscape topics rather than purchase one big encyclopedia full of hodgepodge information. It is the first time I have been disappointed in a DK publication.