Garden Design for the Short Season Yard

Tired of advice for gorgeous yards that can only be created in climates like California, southern Ontario or Victoria? Author Lyndon Penner wrote Garden Design for the Short Season Yard for you, because he knows prairie gardeners face challenges no one faces in gentler climates.

Anyone can learn the basics of garden design. In this accessible guide, you'll discover the pros' secrets: practical ways to transform your yard using basic design principles. You can create an aesthetically pleasing yard that meets your needs, whether you want stunning curb appeal, privacy, low maintenance, or a lush retreat. You'll develop your eye for design with Lyndon’s short critiques of gardens, both good and bad. You'll also find worksheets to help you design your own garden. With his signature style and wit, Lyndon delivers his expert advice for a four-season makeover for your yard.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Table of Contents 7
Introduction 11
Section One: Practical Considerations 13
Chapter 1: Before you begin 14
Chapter 2: Building expectations 23
Chapter 3: Garden structure 31
Chapter 4: Space analysis: What’s there now and how can I use it better? 40
Chapter 5: Designing for life 66
Section Two: Design Considerations 75
Chapter 6: Design trends 76
Chapter 7: Themes: Gardening with purpose 89
Chapter 8: Basic elements of design 97
Chapter 9: Creating negative space 109
Chapter 10: Focal points 117
Chapter 11: Colour 140
Chapter 12: Beyond the basic elements 165
Section Three: Drafting Your Design 179
Chapter 13: Getting started 180
Chapter 14: Planning is done: Let’s plant! 200
Section Four: Developing Your Inner Designer 205
Chapter 15: Short critiques 206
Chapter 16: Detailed consultation 219
Appendix: Terminology and Worksheets 227
Decoding horticulture jobs 228
Basic landscaping terminology 232
Worksheets 237
Acknowledgements 243
Photo Credits 245
Index 246