Every garden benefits from careful planning, good design and those all-important beautiful details. This superb handbook encourages you to look at what you want from your garden, to plan around those needs, and to create a garden that reflects your personality.
There are original plans for over 50 gardens, grouped into the most popular styles: tranquil Japanese gardens, low-maintenance gardens, kitchen gardens, rock and water gardens, wildlife gardens, patios, courtyards and terraces, and gardens for eating out and entertaining.
A wide variety of shapes and sizes is taken into account: L-shaped or sloping, patio or roof gardens, small or large - and all are shown with innovative ideas for making the most of your garden.
Each garden has a clear plan with a useful key identifying each element of the design. Alongside the plans are practical step-by-step photographs showing how to achieve certain elements in the design, such as laying gravel, maintaining container plants in peak condition and constructing a decorative trellis.
Once the basic designing and planning are over, you can add an array of finishing touches to your garden to make it truly yours. The second part of this book shows how home decorating principles can be applied to an outside space with wonderful results. There are innovative treatments and step-by-step projects for decorative garden and patio floors as well as paint and plaster effects for walls, fences and other vertical surfaces. Further ideas for decorative pots, planters, window boxes, hanging baskets and containers, combined with suggestions for displaying plants and flowers, and for furniture and furnishings, reveal that the only limit to the effects you can achieve is your imagination.
Packed with hundreds of evocative and practical photographs, clear advice and inspirational projects, this comprehensive guide is an ideal source of ideas for anyone wishing to design, transform and enhance a garden room with flair and confidence.