Introduction 6 Step 1: Where to start? 9 An easy reference guide to analysing and planning your garden from scratch. What you've got - What do you want? - Choose a garden style - Think ahead - Draw up a plan - Practical pointers Step 2: Temporary Measures 29 Simple ways to create an immediate effect on your outside space. Instant Privacy - Boundaries; Fast-growing climbers; Decorative features - Instant Access - Patios; Paths; Lawns - Instant Colour - Containers; Plants for quick cover Step 3: Make the Framework 47 Once you have made your plan and added a few instant makeovers to your space then it is time to think about some permanent features. Permanent boundaries - Surfaces - Patios and terraces - Garden buildings - Raised beds and borders Step 4: Fill in the Detail 67 Add character to your garden with features that will make it special to you. Also includes advice on garden maintenance that takes the minimum of effort. Planting - Raised beds and borders - Containers - Water features - Garden ornaments - Seating areas and furniture - Cooking outside - Accommodating the kids - Keeping the garden looking good Step 5: Choose your Design 82 6 gardens to inspire you to transform your blank plot. Choose the style for you and recreate it perfectly. The Relaxing Garden - The Romantic Garden - The Urban Jungle - The Mediterranean Garden - The Kids' Garden - The Shrub Garden. Index 95 Acknowledgements 96
Joanna Smith began her career as a Features Editor on a gardening magazine. Since then she has written countless garden magazine features, and commissioned and edited a wide range of gardening books. She lives in Sussex where she is restoring her cottage garden.
Faced with a new garden many people have visions of an instant "Ground Force" makeover. But where to begin? How to avoid costly mistakes? This attractively presented book attempts to offer advice from the basics to the more complex design projects. Divided into 5 simple stages, author Joanna Smith explains how to assess your new plot, how to add instant interest cheaply, how to plan for the future and how to carry out the work itself. Colour photographs and illustrations throughout display innovative ideas to translate into your own plans and key bullet points focus the mind on the more pertinent facts. An eye on the pursestrings is an underlying factor ensuring the projects embarked on do not go to waste in later years but add a mature background for more expensive projects to be carried out when funds are more readily available. Ending on a series of evolving designs of 7 differently styled gardens, this is a book for beginner gardeners, those faced with a new home and only a builder's dumping ground for a garden and, aware the house itself will be taking up most of any spare funds, Joanna's aim is to show how cheaply the bones of an attractive garden can be laid. - Lucy Watson