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Designing Landscape Layers eBook

After reading dozens of encyclopedia-sized books, scouring the web day and night and a whole lot of trial and error, I’ve poured everything I know about landscape layering into to a beautifully designed & illustrated 100+ page eBook.

I will teach you step-by-step everything you need to know to create structure, layering and interest in your garden for all four seasons.

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What’s Inside?

  •  Get a crash-course in gardening basics so your plants will survive and thrive.
  • Improve your design with garden styles & theme ideas to make your space unique.
  • Discover the key to amazing garden color schemes & borrow the examples for your own garden.
  • Learn how to use the layers of the Planting Pyramid for a successful mixed border.
  • Get tips & tricks guides and plant lists to make the entire process easy peasy.
  • Master your mixed border with an 8-step illustrated guide and mastery checklist.
  • Snag the pro list of plant research resources that make choosing the RIGHT plants simple & fun!


Table of Contents

  • Designing Your Dream Landscape 5
  • What We’ll Cover 6
  • Gardening Basics 7
  • Your Hardiness Zone 7
  • Right Plant, Right Place 9
  • Identify Plants Just by Looking at Them 10
  • What Latin Names Tell You About Plants 11
  • Prep Your Layered Garden Beds 12
  • Gardening Tools 14
  • Planting Your First Plant 15
  • When to Plant a Plant 16
  • Planning Your Layered Landscape 18
  • What is Landscape Layering? 18
  • Garden Styles 20
  • Traditional Garden Style 20
  • Elements of Traditional Gardens 21
  • Plants for Traditional Gardens 22
  • Modern/Contemporary Garden Style 22
  • Elements of Modern/Contemporary Gardens 23
  • Plants For Modern/Contemporary Gardens 24
  • Cottage Garden Style 25
  • Elements of Cottage Gardens 26
  • Plants For Cottage Gardens 27
  • Natural Garden Style 28
  • Elements of Natural Gardens 29
  • Plants For Natural Gardens 30
  • Mixing Garden Styles 30
  • Garden Themes 31
  • Why Choose a Theme? 31
  • Color Schemes 32
  • Colors & Their Meanings 32
  • Relaxing & Calm Colors 34
  • Vibrant & Energizing Colors 34
  • Add Excitement To Your Color Scheme 35
  • Define Your Garden Style, Theme & Color Scheme 37
  • Plant Research 38
  • Identify Plants in the Wild (Phone Apps) 39
  • Research Plants For Your Garden (Online Plant Databases) 40
  • Specialty Research Resources 40
  • Landscape Layering: Step-By-Step 42
  • Layers of the Planting Pyramid 45
  • Layer 1: Ornamental Trees 48
  • Tips for Choosing Trees 49
  • Small Ornamental Trees for Mixed Borders 50
  • Layer 2: Evergreen Shrubs 51
  • Beautiful Backdrop, Essential Backbone 52
  • Backdrops Don’t Have To Be Boring 53
  • Evergreens Create “Living” Structure 54
  • Using Evergreens in a Mixed Border 55
  • Tips for Choosing Evergreen Shrubs 55
  • Evergreen Shrubs For Mixed Borders 56
  • Layer 3: Deciduous Shrubs 57
  • Tips for Choosing Deciduous Shrubs 60
  • Deciduous Shrubs with Multi-Season Interest 61
  • Layer 4: Perennial Plants, Flowers & Grasses 63
  • Tips for Choosing Perennials 65
  • Perennial Plants & Flowers For Mixed Borders 66
  • Ornamental Grasses For Mixed Borders 66
  • Layer 5: Vines & Groundcovers 67
  • Tips for Choosing Vines & Groundcovers 69
  • Vines for Mixed Borders 70
  • Groundcovers for Mixed Borders 70
  • Design Principles For Layered Landscapes 72
  • Structure: The Bones of Your Garden 72
  • Lack of Structure & What To Do About It 72
  • Structure Homework 74
  • Structure Exercise Example 75
  • Repetition 76
  • Scale 82
  • Balance 82
  • Unity & Flow 84
  • Layering Tips and Tricks 88
  • Use Personal Items To Inspire Colors For Your Outdoor Space 88
  • Strive For Multi-Season Interest 88
  • Vary the Shape, Size & Heights of Plants 89
  • Hide Views 91
  • Incorporate Focal Points 92
  • Lay Out Your Design 94
  • How to Arrange Plants in Garden Beds 94
  • How To Make Plant Combinations 96
  • Bloom Sequencing 96
  • Why Bloom Sequencing is Difficult to Achieve in the Home Landscape 97
  • Bloom Sequencing Tips 97
  • Color Combinations 97
  • Take cues from your clothes and your home decor. 98
  • Decide on the energy of your garden. 98
  • Choose one color at first. 100
  • Hone your garden over time. 100
  • Texture 101
  • Layering Tips For Beautiful Borders 103
  • Master the Mixed Border Checklist 104
  • What’s Next? 105
  • About the Author 106
  • Disclaimer 107
  • References 108
  • More Garden Design Goodness 109
  • Beginner Level 109
  • Intermediate & Advanced Level 109

110 Pages
Price: $20.00

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