Deckscaping   -     By: Barbara W. Ellis
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Most flowers and vegetables love the sun, but the gardeners who tend them crave the shade. A comfortable hammock strung between two trees. A set of Adirondack chairs arranged for conversation beneath a vine-covered arbor. A stone bench tucked into a quiet nook.

These out-of-the-way outdoor retreats provide busy gardeners with cool relief from the hot sun, as well as precious hours of quiet, privacy, and peace. In Shady Retreats, lifelong gardener Barbara W. Ellis provides detailed plans for 20 gardens with shade as the theme. Each design includes easy-to-read blueprints and a glorious oil painting of what the garden will look like.

Ellis also provides specific plant lists; suggestions on how to bring color into the shade; and practical advice on how to use shrubs, trees, vines, and man-made structures to create attractive, inviting, shady sanctuaries in any garden or yard.

The garden design concepts are easy for even novices to grasp, and experienced gardeners will appreciate the unique inspirations and down-to-earth advice on how to adapt the concept of the shady retreat to fit their own garden's configuration.

Complete with suggestions on how to use gazebos, containers, fountains, and other garden ornaments, plus an encyclopedia of approximately 100 shade-loving plants, Shady Retreats is an easy-to-use handbook that helps even beginning gardeners make the move out of the house and into a cool, inviting outdoor sanctuary. Paperback, 167 pages.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Vendor: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 1580174086
ISBN-13: 9781580174084

Publisher's Description

Realize the full potential of your deck, whatever its shape and size. Barbara W. Ellis shows you how to turn your outdoor space into an inviting retreat with long-blooming flowers, butterflies, and a cozy chair. Ellis’s straightforward, easy-to-follow advice on plantings, furniture, maintenance, and even lighting provides everything you need to know to create the deck of your dreams. Stunning photography and color drawings will inspire you to work with nature and use your deck more in every season.

Author Bio

Barbara W. Ellis is a freelance writer, editor, and lifelong gardener. She is the author of many gardening books, including The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book, Deckscaping, Shady Retreats, and Covering Ground. She holds a B.S. in horticulture from the Ohio State University, Columbus, and a B.A. from Kenyon College. She has worked as managing editor at Rodale Press and as publications director for the American Horticultural Society and is affiliated with the Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group, the Garden Writers Association, and the Perennial Plant Association. She lives and gardens in Maryland, where she and her husband live in a renovated “green” home with an assortment of rescued dogs, cats, and parrots. Her garden, which is managed organically and designed to be wildlife-friendly, features a wide range of ornamentals, herbs, and edibles for both sun and shade.

Editorial Reviews

“If you want how-to planting and design ideas for you deck, patio or even your balcony, this book is a must. And it would make a great gift.” – Washington Post

 

“Handsome photographs and easy-to-understand drawings are a bonus.” – Portland Oregonian

 

" In Deckscaping, Barbara Ellis…goes into great detail, with color photos and drawings, to show how {the deck} can be used and enjoyed year round, even in cold climates. From simple to elaborate, she suggests surfaces, materials, plantings, furniture and gives tips on maintenance as well."- Publishers Weekly

 

"Deckscaping is a thoughtful and well-illustrated guide to making a deck more inviting and comfortable..."?Chicago Tribune

 

"Barbara Ellis shows how even the smallest pressure-treated "plot" can be transformed into an oasis of color and fragrance." ?Country Living Gardener

 

"...with Ellis' expert guidance, even the most lowly deck can be elevated into a lush garden room worthy of its inside partners.  Through Ellis' creative pointers, homeowners can easily develop a tempting transition from the backdoor to the backyard that will reflect their lifestyles and personalities.  ...an excellent resource for new deck construction or old deck revitalization projects." ?Booklist

 

“If you’re willing to be inspired, read on.  Author Ellis…offers suggestions and practical advice for anyone with a deck on the drawing board or underfoot.” —Portland Oregonian

 

“Say bye-bye to that boring deck…Pick up a copy Deckscaping.” —Nashville Tennessean

 

“The decks included in the lavish illustrations are anything but the barren, flat, house extensions we too often see...those in the book are an integral part of the garden and anything but boring." —Asbury Park Press

 

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