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Paradise Found: Gardening in Unlikely Places
by Rebecca Cole
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0609604155, Hardcover)A gorgeous book full of glossy, inspiring photos, Paradise Found is a treasure for anyone attempting to fashion a garden on a terrace, rooftop, or other unusual spot. At first glance, you may think the text is superfluous in the pages of sun-filled statuary and foliage, but don't let the beauty distract you from the details. Enclosed here is a wealth of ideas for creating stunning and unusual gardens in spots that are currently barren brick or wood.
Creative containers are certainly part of it, but there are tips for larger reconstructions as well. Planning and design figure prominently in the equation. Emphasis is placed on choosing plants thoughtfully, and low-maintenance gardening is encouraged--it'll leave you with more time for simply enjoying your space! Reliance on local nurseries and experts is suggested as a good way for the novice to get started, but Westerners may be disappointed, as all sources given are east of the Mississippi. The East Coast crowd will discover all kinds of flea-market and nursery addresses listed at the end of the book.
Author Rebecca Cole has a great love of nonrefinished antique treasures--learn to love that rust and chipped paint, it's irreplaceable! She also includes a "recipe" for a garden that figures out the number of plants you'll need in relation to your space. Whether you follow this precisely or just as a general guideline, it's a helpful tool. Also be prepared to blow your plant budget after reading this book--Cole will have you buying plants in bulk, with all manner of accompaniments. --Jill Lightner
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