Do you dream of outdoor living spaces that really work? Wish you had a best buddy who was also a design pro? Yards is brimming with design secrets and money-saving tips, with an emphasis on low maintenance, enjoyability, and just plain beauty. Kick back with Billy and discover how easy it can be to design like a pro.
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“Billy Goodnick delivers the most laid-back, user-friendly and entertaining garden advice you’ll ever read. Invite him into your backyard – now!”
– Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Plants
Table of Contents
Part 1: DESIGN – You gotta have a plan
Ch 1: Analysis: What do you have to work with?
Ch 2: Finding Your Style: If it makes you smile (and nobody gets hurt) I’m fine with that.
Ch 3: Planning Our Outdoor Living: Climate, “Rooms,” Entertainment, Privacy, Places for Your Stuff, Safety.
Ch 4: Brainstorming Your Space Planning: I think I’ve got it!
Part 2: AESTHETICS – Get your senses involved
Ch 5: The “Why of Personal Taste: Honing in on your own.
Ch 6: Key Aesthetic Elements in Your Design
Ch 7: A Garden that Evolves with the Seasons: The “how” of a year-round garden
Ch 8: The Sensual Garden: Sound, Scent, Touch, Movement, Memory
Part 3: HARDSCAPE – If it isn’t green, it’s hardscape
Ch 9: Infrastructure and Systems: Plumbing, Electricity, Gas, Drainage
Ch 10: Anatomy of an outdoor Room: Analyzing your needs and materials, from floor to ceiling
Part 4: PICKING PLANTS – How hard could it be?
Ch 11: Selecting Plants That Will Love You Back: The Process of Elimination
Ch 12: Pretty, Pretty: Going for “Beautiful”
Ch 13: Foliage Exploitation: Beyond Flowers
Ch 14: The Gentle Art of Plagiarism: Getting the Best Out of Other People’s Gardens
Ch 15: What, How Many & Where Do They Go? Introducing Your “Core of Four”
Special Feature: Crimes Against Horticulture: When bad taste meets power tools
A. To Draw or Not To Draw: Do I really need to draft a design plan?
B. Your Home Design Studio: All the tools you need
C. Do It Yourself…or Hire a Pro? How to know your limits, and who to call for help
D. Resources: websites, horticultural resources, professional organizations
E. Murder Your Lawn: The siren song of the perfect lawn