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Great book - absolutely gorgeous photographs of impressive yet doable private front yard gardens in various styles (natural, cottage, city, minimalist, fusion, etc.). Very useful, detailed information about the process of planning and installing each garden. I also really liked the historical context in the introductory chapters "Why we mow" and "Lawn at what cost?". Good reference and inspiration book.
This is an outstanding book of real gardens in real situations (i.e., not gardens designed by landscapers for impossibly wealthy people). It's imaginative, varied, and interesting - some great before/after shots. One of my five favorite idea books.
Delightful presentation of multitudes of Canadian front gardens that have mostly or wholly replaced grass lawns. Descriptions of problems (e.g., one that mirrors my own, a lawn that slopes down from the street to the house) and the owners' solutions. Styles range from Japanese with raked gravel to cottage gardens to xeriscapes. Fantastic photography.
Front yard gardens are covered from 1/2 page, mostly photograph, to several pages of photos and text describing a single garden's development from foundation + yard to haven of blooms and foliage. These featured gardens also come with plant lists, which, being Canadian, are pretty much guaranteed to survive winters in my Kansas City garden.