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3.0 out of 5 starsA great source of inspiration
Reviewed in the United States on 4 August 2020
To say this book is just about front-yard gardening is a bit of a misnomer. While that's the theme that unites its various chapters and discussions, most of the ideas are equally applicable to front, back, side, or any other kind of yard you might have. On one major point, though, this might be just the right book at just the right time; a lot of people seem dissatisfied with the homogeneous (and all-too-often HOA-mandated) simple front lawns and are looking for new ideas to landscape the front of their homes. The lawn, which we all seem to take for granted as the ideal of front-yard landscaping, was brought to the New World (quite literally--they brought the seeds with them) by wealthy immigrants who wanted a reminder of their ancestral homes. Fair enough, and lawn mowers and irrigation systems and pesticides have made the lawn accessible to the masses in more recent times. But frankly, as much as I can enjoy lounging in a well-manicured lawn, I don't understand the desire for everyone's front yard to look fundamentally the same. If you're looking to stand out a bit, this book offers a lot of ideas from which to draw inspiration.
And that--inspiration--is where this book shines. Filled with photos of the kinds of yards and gardens of which I remain quite envious, and yet relevant for those with almost any type of space--big or small, flat or sloped, dry or rainy--this book is almost guaranteed to give you some ideas you'll like to use, be they for a complete re-landscaping project or merely the addition of a planter. While it's probably not the kind of book you're meant to read straight through in a single sitting, that's exactly what I did. Since it's dominated more by photos than by text, it's a quick read, and it's given me a lot to think about.
Where it falls short, though, is in practical how-to advice. Yes, it is sprinkled with step-by-step projects for a variety of purposes, and those are actually quite well described, especially considering they're only allotted a couple pages each. However, what I found myself constantly wishing the book offered were more tips regarding what types of plants grow under which conditions, when to plant different types of seeds, how to account for a variety of environmental factors that can plague gardeners. Of course there are other books on the subject, so I didn't expect an encyclopedic treatment in a book meant to be more of an idea book, but it would at least have been helpful to have some notes to accompany each of the ideas regarding how to adapt them to a variety of circumstances.
At the end of the day, this really is an enjoyable book, and it's the kind of thing you'll want to flip through whenever you're looking for a new gardening idea. However, when it comes to actually planning out how to execute that idea, you'll need to look elsewhere.
This hardback book offers ideas to add curb appeal to your front yard. It is not strictly focused on landscaping and lists a few DIY projects with step-by-step directions. These projects seemed a little too advanced in my opinion and would be items that you could just purchase at your local home improvement and garden stores. It also describes types of plants that are good for pollinators and ways to do a front yard vegetable garden. The landscape options are a bit standard and are more for city and very small front yards. The options could be applied to side and back yards with some tweaking. The plants and materials used in most of the examples are not listed and pictures aren’t that describing or high quality. I wouldn’t say that this book is good for beginners due to the lack of description and the advanced DIY projects. I also wouldn’t say it is good for advanced landscapers as it does not have much to offer.