Landscaping For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Make a wish list when you begin landscape planning and use your imagination to customize your landscape around your family’s needs. Consider rain barrels, a fire pit or fire bowl, an arbor, or even a small greenhouse. Keep digging until you have everything you want in your yard. Consider these for your wish list:

  • Enough lawn to play catch

  • A brick patio or wooden deck

  • An outdoor barbecue

  • A privacy hedge

  • A fenced-in yard

  • A swimming pool or spa

  • A storage shed or potting shed

  • A compost pile

  • A fish pond or reflecting pool

  • A place where butterflies and birds come to visit

  • A private retreat with a hammock

  • A flower-cutting garden

  • A rose garden

  • A fresh herb plot or scented garden

  • A vegetable garden or fruit orchard

  • A rooftop garden

  • A bulb garden with flowers that announce the start of a new season

  • A patio garden with different pots full of colorful plants

  • Wildflowers

  • A drought-tolerant garden

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The National Gardening Association offers plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the United States, through the award-winning websites and Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 35 titles in publication, and a long and distinguished career in horticulture and natural history. Phillip Giroux owns a landscape design firm. Bob Beckstrom is a home improvement expert and veteran author. Lance Walheim, former staff garden writer for Sunset magazine, is the nationally recognized author of more than 30 widely read garden books, including The Natural Rose Gardener.

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