Book of Garden Plans
Some 200 ready-made schemes
to help you transform your garden
Edited by Andrew Wilson
Published by Mitchell Beazley
Distributed by Reed
Now is the time of year
without the foliage and floral distractions of spring and
summer to have a dispassionate look at your garden's structure
and see whether it gives you, in design terms, all that you desire.
Being dissatisfied is
one thing, coming up with your own solution for a makeover is another.
However, The Book of GardenPlans with 140 designs
from 72 different designers may just set you on the right
The designs are shown
in plan form and illustrated with sketches and three-dimensional
drawings. Although not all the schemes have been completed, those
that have been are accompanied by illustrations of details, such
as planting, paving, water features or sculptures.
An introduction sets
out the basic of garden design with the techniques used to draw
up a plan, as well as an explanation of the basic elements such
as scale, elevation and perspective. The various designs are categorised
under seven types of garden: themed, urban, informal, small, water,
formal and country. Each design carries a panel with the garden's
dimensions, soil type, aspect (reverse this for the southern hemisphere)
and key features.
This is a handsome book
with some great hard-landscaping and planting ideas. Despite the
variety, don't necessarily expect that you'll find your ideal plan
as the book advises, be prepared to mix and match and you're
more likely to find the answer to your design quandaries.
Gardener, Issue 147, 2004, Page 22
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH