Winter can be the best time to take a look at individual garden designs. Densely planted fruiting shrubs provide food and shelter for birds as storms move through while they continue to serve as privacy screens. Shrubs carry the brunt of our garden designs and I'm always considering those four season qualities.
Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping by Rita Buchanan. This is a great book. The pictures and text are so well done with practical advice on adding new gardens and hardscapes along with practical "makeovers" for problem solving.
Backyard Design, Making the Most of the Space Around Your House by Jean Spiro Breskend. I leave this book outside through the summer and look at it whenever I have a chance to sit and relax under the gazebo. The pictures give me ideas on how to balance time, energy, space, and design in my own backyard.
I also recommend: Waterwise Landscaping by Jim Knopf National Audibon Society Field Guide To Birds - Western Region The Undaunted Garden by Lauren Springer 40 Professional Designs For Do-It-Yourselfers, Beds and Borders by Ireland-Gannon Associates 40 Professional Designs For Do-It-Yourselfers, The Backyard Landscaper by Ireland-Gannon Associates The Well-Tended Perennial Garden by Tracy DiSabato-Aust Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael A. Dirr
Our Long Term Goals:
• To educate customers so they can be successful, confident gardeners. • To provide healthy plants that are grown in and for this area.