- Virginia Johnson
Your yard has the potential to be a charming garden.
Whether it’s a shady hideaway of tiny proportions or an expanse of mostly crabgrass, consider the possibilities. Bobbie Schwartz, a landscape designer with decades of experience, helps you do exactly that. In her book, Garden Renovation, she guides you as she might a friend, giving many practical examples of gardens grand and small that work, with explanations of why they work both practically and aesthetically.
Once you understand garden design principles, explained in non-technical terms, you can look at your own space in a different way and creatively build plantings to suit your soil, your light, and your personal taste. You don’t have to have a lot of money to create a beautiful, happy space, but gardening knowledge sure helps, as does an understanding of hardscapes—walkways, retaining walls, and, yes, fire pits—and how they can help make your garden even more inviting for your family and guests.
In addition to lots of images/explanations of real-life garden design, Bobbie also includes a sun and shade chart to help you plot the amount of light in given areas hour by hour on a given day, a list of deer-resistant bulbs, things to consider when planning for attractive views in the off-season, establishing outdoor rooms (including living walls), and suggestions for numerous ways to bring magic and contentment to your garden with lighting, ornaments, and focal point(s).
Bobbie Schwartz’s Garden Renovation is a breath of fresh air after a long winter. Even if you plan on hiring a professional landscape designer, her book will leave you better equipped to discuss what you want to see happen in your green and happy place.