Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Patio, Terrace, Backyard & Courtyard Gardening

An Inspiring Sourcebook Of Classic And Contemporary Garden Designs, With Ideas To Suit Enclosed Outdoor Spaces Of Every Shape And Size

Book Description

This beautiful and practical new book is packed with creative ideas for making a successful outside courtyard space. The courtyard is typically an open area surrounded by walls or buildings, and can range from a tiny backyard, an urban terrace or patio area with small-scale gardening, to a more expansively sized area of garden with defined borders.
An introductory section gives advice on assessing a site, freshening up existing tired elements and basic planting techniques. Successive chapters on Traditional Lines, Mediterranean Moods, Outdoor Rooms, Productive Spaces, Contemplative Retreats and Contemporary Spaces each look at flooring, walls and screens, plants and containers, ornament and water features, and lighting. Inspirational examples of garden locations are presented, alongside step-by-step methods to explain some of the techniques and features shown.
Enclosed outside spaces have tremendous design potential, but require a disciplined approach so that the elements used link fluidly to each other. Each chapter includes a case study with a detailed colour plan explaining the dynamics of the different designed spaces, and describing how specific elements were achieved, such as building a slate path or producing a wall stencil. The structure of the book is highly adaptable so that you can use the practical design ideas within the named style, or mix and match, adapt and develop them to give a personal interpretation.
The plant directory gives a comprehensive listing of planting options, each entry complete with propagation, growth patterns, and ideal conditions. The final section on maintenance shows how to keep your courtyard looking its best, including deadheading, watering techniques and repainting fencing and trellis.
Over 800 stunning photographs and helpful illustrated garden plans and diagrams make this beautiful book both an inspired armchair read and a practical how-to manual. If you have a space to design from scratch or one that needs an overhaul, here are all the ideas and tools you need in order to transform and give new character to your courtyard.
How to plan, design and plant up beautiful and easy-to-maintain garden courtyards, walled spaces, patios, terraces and enclosed backyards
A sourcebook of classic and modern designs and decorative ideas to suit outdoor spaces of every kind of shape and size
How to create a courtyard in your favourite style or to suit a specific purpose - a traditional patio, a Mediterranean-style terrace, an outdoor living and dining area, a low-maintenance space, a productive area for growing fruit and vegetables, or one designed around ultra-modern materials
Includes step-by-step advice on all the practicalities, from planning a suitable layout and preparing the site to choosing the plants and planting them up
Over 842 gorgeous colour images, including garden plans and colour diagrams, step-by-step techniques, and inspirational pictures of terraces, patios and courtyard gardens from around the world

About Clifton, Joan

Following a career in the worlds of fashion, architecture and theatre design, Joan Clifton trained in horticulture and landscape design and is now an established figure at the forefront of garden design. Her work has appeared in a number of prestigious publications and she has lectured widely in Britain and Japan. Joan has written a number of books, including Garden Elements, which was short-listed for inspirational Gardening Book of the Year by the Garden Writers' Guild in 2000, and Stone, Wood, Glass and Steel (both published by Aquamarine). Her latest venture is to restore an ancient farmhouse and create several acres of innovative gardens and woodland in south-west France.

After gaining an Honours degree in Classical Botany, Jenny Hendy worked for one of Britain's leading gardening magazines. She then opted for a freelance career and soon after became editor of the European Topiary Society's journal, Topiarius. She is the author of many gardening books on a wide range of subjects from topiary to container gardening, although planting and design have always been her speciality. An author, lecturer and TV guest presenter, Jenny's interest in garden design has developed into a thriving consultancy. Her other titles include Topiary (Aquamarine) and Creative Ideas for Lawns, Patios, Decks & Paths; Creative Ideas for Walls, Fences, Hedges & Boundaries; Creative Ideas for Garden Decoration; and Creative Ideas for Garden Structures (Southwater).