House Beautiful Gardens: Design Principles at Work Outdoors

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Louis Oliver Gropp, Margaret S. Kennedy, Suzanne Charlé
Hearst Books, 1998 - Gardening - 207 pages
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The beauty of special gardens was never more evident than it is in this book. Here is pure inspiration. Forgoing how-to information, House Beautiful Gardens brings the style the magazine is known for outside, to the garden.

Designers' gardens reflect individual taste, from simple but unexpected container ideas to grand and glorious vistas. Living space extends into the garden, with food served in an appealing outdoor setting. Terrace gardens show how to pack a lot in a small space, with flowers and plants that are contained yet luxurious. Gardens range from the formal, complete with topiaries, to the casual, incorporating masses of wildflowers. With its sweeping approach, House Beautiful Gardens offers a broad view of what readers can accomplish, whether their gardening efforts are modest or lavish.

Splashes of color mingle with clever design elements to create entry-ways that invite and delight: arbors, vines, and flowers surrounding doors, spilling over a second-floor terrace or balcony, rimming a path, or curving around a front gate. Of special interest are ideas for creating seeming vistas in small spaces.

House Beautiful shows the reader how to incorporate the ingenious garden ideas of interior decorators and designers into his or her own outdoor area to create an appealing setting specific to individual taste.

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