Beginning with design: aims and visions-- design principles-- knowing the site-- making a plan-- putting it on paper. Garden styles: background-- indigenous gardens-- blended gardens - Mediterranean gardens-- natural gardens-- naturalistic gardens - walkabout gardens, grassy woodland gardens, coastal gardens, arid area gardens, heathland gardens-- formal gardens - theme gardens-- collectors' gardens-- small gardens - courtyard gardens, Australian cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, tapestry gardens, grassland gardens-- large gardens. The role of plants: Australian trees-- groundcover plants-- framework plants-- feature plants-- ornamental plants-- infill plants. Design elements: hard landscape-- water-- wildlife-- colour-- the sensuous garden-- ornaments. Learning along the way: problems and challenges-- managing your garden.
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Diana Snape and her colleagues are passionate about Australian gardens and their enthusiasm pervades the wealth of information in this book. Australia enjoys an astonishing range of unusual and beautiful plants. "The Australian Garden" shows how Australian plants can be used in all major gardening styles. Choices include the untouched natural garden, arid, country, walkabout, grassland, cottage, wildflower, small and courtyard, plus formal gardens where control, however unobtrusive, is of the essence. The book provides a vast array of Australian plants for designing groundcovers, features, ornamentals, infill or for almost any purpose. Many other aspects of design are covered, such as the beauty and tranquility of water in the garden, the joy of living with Australian wildlife and maintaining a sense of harmony amidst a mini native ecosystem. (source: Nielsen Book Data)