This title shows you how to design and plant an outside space, with practical advice and 550 inspiring step-by-step photographs. It shows you how to create lovely and easy-to-maintain garden courtyards, patios, terraces and backyards. There are decorative ideas to suit all kinds of outdoor spaces from urban backyards to small garden spaces. You can choose a style to suit you - Traditional Lines, Mediterranean Warmth, Outdoor Living, The Edible Garden, A Peaceful Oasis and Modern Spaces - or select elements from each to create your own vision. It features more than 40 step-by-step techniques that provide practical guidance for making key decorative features, such as laying brick pavers, training a grapevine, planting a wall basket, making a parterre, fixing wattle hurdles, constructing a raised bed with sleepers, and lighting plants with uplighters. A final section on maintaining your patio shows how to keep the space looking beautiful, including gardening advice on deadheading, pruning and training, and seasonal jobs.
Whether your patio is a tiny backyard hidden in the urban jungle or a terraced area in a larger garden, it is a personal space where you can garden, relax and simply escape everyday life for a while. This inspiring and practical book offers creative but achievable ideas for your patio space. Six chapters on favourite styles each offer advice on approaches for flooring, walls and screens, plants and containers, structures and furniture, ornament and water features, and lighting. An essential how-to manual and packed with lively ideas, you can use this book to transform your patio into a delightful personal space to give pleasure all year round.
After gaining an Honours degree in Classical Botany, Jenny Hendy worked for one of Britain's leading gardening magazines. She then opted for a freelance career and soon after became editor of the European Topiary Society's journal, Topiarius. She is the author of many gardening books on a wide range of subjects from topiary to container gardening, although planting and design have always been her speciality. An author, lecturer and TV guest presenter, Jenny's interest in garden design has developed into a thriving consultancy. Her other titles include Topiary, Creative Ideas for Lawns, Patios, Decks & Paths; Creative Ideas for Walls, Fences, Hedges & Boundaries; and Best-Ever Step-By-Step Kid's First Gardening, which won the Practical Book of the Year in the Garden Media Guild Awards.
Joan Clifton trained in horticulture and landscape design and is an established figure at the forefront of garden design. Her work has appeared in a number of prestigious publications and she has lectured widely in Britain and Japan. Joan has written a number of books, including Garden Elements, which was shortlisted for inspirational Gardening Book of the Year by the Garden Writers' Guild in 2000, and Stone, Wood, Glass and Steel. Her latest venture is to restore an ancient farmhouse and create several acres of innovative gardens and woodland in south-west France.