Full-colour throughout, Creating the Prairie Xeriscape contains a reference section of ideal plants for the xeriscape garden. These descriptions, with advice on culturing and best growing conditions, enable gardeners to select a range of plants for year-round landscape value. You’ll also find chapters on native plants and vegetables for the xeriscape, as well as extensive tables and a quick reference guide for planting choices.
Sara Williams’ previous books include A Photographic History of the Forestry Farm Park, Perennials for the Prairies, In a Cold Land: Saskatchewan’s Horticultural Pioneers, Creating the Prairie Xeriscape and, with co-author Hugh Skinner, Best Trees and Shrubs for the Prairies, Gardening Naturally and Best Groundcovers and Vines for the Prairies. She was the founder and first editor of The Saskatchewan Gardener. Sara Williams has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Horticultural Extension from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a B.A. in English and History from the University of Michigan. She served as the horticultural specialist with the Extension Division of the University of Saskatchewan for 12 years, retiring in 2001.
Anyone can learn the basics of garden design. In this accessible guide, you’ll discover the pros’ secrets: practical ways to transform your yard using basic design principles. You can create an aesthetically pleasing yard that meets your needs, whether you want stunning curb appeal, privacy, low maintenance, or a lush retreat. You’ll develop your eye for design with Lyndon’s short critiques of gardens, both good and bad. You’ll also find worksheets to help you design your own garden.
With his signature style and wit, Lyndon delivers his expert advice for a four-season makeover for your yard.
Topics include:Elements of design, such as scale, balance, texture, colour and repetition. Choosing a theme and a focal point. Weather, diseases and pests. Low-maintenance, water-wise, and shade gardening. Trees, perennials, annuals and permanent garden features.
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* Ideas for front gardens, side passages, courtyards, balconies, rooftops and windowsills
* Tricks to make small spaces seem larger
* How to use every inch of space, including containers
* Easy-to-follow landscaping plans for all garden shapes and styles
* Guidance on growing vegetables, herbs and fruit in small plots
* how to assess your site, create a style and source materials
* advice on planting schemes and achieving year-round interest
* tips on working with design principles such as scale, proportion and balance
* simple instructions for hard landscaping
Alan Titchmarsh imparts a lifetime of expertise in these definitive guides for beginners and experienced gardeners. Step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the basic gardening skills and on to the advanced techniques, providing everything you need to create and maintain your dream garden.
Annually updated, this edition covers the latest legal and financial changes you need to be aware of following the 2013 Budget. There’s also essential new content on shaping up for the digital marketplace and how to develop your online presence, benefit from social media and advertise effectively online.
This guide takes you through every important aspect of starting and running a business, including developing your idea and getting financial backing, recruiting staff, building customer relationships, sales, marketing, VAT and much more.
Everything you need to know to make your start up a success.