Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What-I'm-Reading-Wednesday: Front Yard Gardens by Liz Primeau

Liz Primeau’s Front Yard Gardens is a gorgeously photographed and inspiring read.  Whether you are a master level gardener or a beginner, this book has something for you.  The books starts off with the premise that the long ignored front lawn is actually a perfect area for a true garden.  In fact, a garden in the front yard is the eco-friendly choice.   Grass takes an enormous amount of care and watering to keep it looking perfect.  Why not pitch the grass and go for something more exotic and eye-catching like stands of bee balm or, my personal favorite, loads of daylilies?

Primeau takes you through numerous examples of what your Front Yard Gardens could be.  She has examples of a Minimalist Garden (lots of stonework and perennials), Small City Gardens (lots of colorful plants – great inspiration), and an Opulent Garden (flowers, flowers, and more flowers).  She has several more types of gardens listed as well.  The author has interspersed her garden examples with helpful tips on types of flowers, laying a groundwork plan, and different groundcovers to replace grass with minimal effort.  The book is loaded with lots of useful information and background history regarding gardens.

Front Yard Gardens is a great choice for all plant enthusiasts, people interested in sustainability for their homes, and people looking to daydream about what their outdoor spaces could be.  It is sure to inspire!

If you are interested in checking out this great book for yourself, you can request this volume from the Ort Library catalog here:

Click on "Availability", then click on the yellow "Request" button, and log in using your last name and 14-digit Library barcode number on your ID. If you need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.  We hope to see you soon!

Written by Amber Harrison

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