Better Homes and Garden Landscaping IDEAS
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Better Homes and Garden Landscaping IDEAS

2. Taylor’s Master Guide to Landscaping by Rita Buchanan

Taylor’s Master Guide to Landscaping is a great book for anyone learning to do their own home landscaping, whether you are an experienced gardener or if you are completely new to landscape design. This book covers how to choose plants that are appropriate to your climate, avoid common mistakes, plant your landscape and plan for future growth. It also covers creating an outdoor living room, and design and build walks, paths, steps, fences, walls and hedges. There are separate chapters dedicated to individual types of plants, covering care for trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers and perennials.

Price: $18.07



  • Not a lot of inspirational photos
  • Does not cover patio design
  • Some reviewers noted contradicting statements

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3. The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden by Rick Darke

The Living Landscape takes a different approach to landscape design than many DIY landscaping books. This book shows how to have a home landscape that not only provides beauty and structure to your yard, but also nourishes and fosters wildlife. This book teaches strategies for creating and maintaining a home landscape that meets your needs and preferences while also serving the needs of the wildlife communities in your local area. It covers native plants in detail and how they can work together to attract wildlife and keep it coming back.

Price: $27.65

  • Covers native plants
  • Focuses on conservation
  • Teaches you the skills needed to attract wildlife
  • Does not cover how-to projects
  • Does not cover traditional landscape design topics
  • Only covers a certain ecoregion

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4. Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy

Rosalind Creasy, the author of Edible Landscaping, first popularized landscaping with edibles over 25 years ago. Today, there is a lot of interest in healthy eating, organic gardening and growing your own food. Creasy is an expert on both landscaping design and edible plants, and her book has been considered a classic since it was published in 1982. This new edition has been expanded upon with over 300 full color photos for inspiration. This book covers in detail how to plan a home landscape using vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries that will be attractive as well as provide delicious food. The book also features appendices that cover planting and maintenance, pest control and organic practices.

Price: $18.51

  • Includes over 300 color photographs of edible landscapes
  • Has examples of gardens all across the country
  • Focuses on an aspect of landscaping that other books do not cover
  • Some reviewers stated that the format is hard to follow
  • Some reviewers found the book to be repetitive
  • A lot of the information can be found online

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5. Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard by Pam Penick

Lawn Gone is another book that takes a fresh new approach to landscaping design. This book focuses on ways to design, plant and maintain a beautiful and functional landscape as a replacement for the standard lawn. This approach has a lot of benefits, including less watering, no mowing, and saving money. It covers topics such as alternative grasses that don’t need mowing, drought-tolerant plants, regional recommendations, artificial turf, and step-by-step instructions on removing your lawn. This is a great book for both beginners and experienced gardeners looking to change their attitude towards home landscaping.

Price: $14.69

  • Includes recommendations for all around the country
  • Has a lot of new and innovative ideas
  • Reviewers mentioned there are not a lot of photos
  • Not all of the ideas focus on water-saving plants
  • Not a very long book

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