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April 24, 2013
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Bill Marken added this to California Gardener's January Checklist
Designing or redesigning a garden? There are tons of books on how to design gardens, many of the best coming from England with little relevance to California — unless you have sheep grazing on your front meadow.If you are thinking of a major garden design or redesign project this year, here are a few with a helpfully specific California focus: • Designing California Native Gardens, by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook. Takes a deep look at using native plants in both artful and practical ways. But I have to say I'm not a fan of the drawings intended to help visualize the three-dimensional views of a garden. • Big Book of Garden Designs, by Marianne Lipanovich (a Houzz contributor) and Tom Wilhite. A Sunset Publishing book that includes 120 practical plans for a wide range of landscape situations.• Sunset Western Landscaping, edited by Kathleen Brenzel. Intended as a companion to the Western Garden Book, this hefty 416-pager includes hundreds of photos as inspiration along with helpful nitty-gritty details on plant selection, design of beds, paths and other landscape basics. • Growing California Native Plants (second edition, expanded and updated), by Marjorie G. Schmidt and Katherine L. Greenberg. Not really a design book but indispensable if you want to grow natives successfully in your landscape.