Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.
As reviewed in House & HOME Issue 71
Rather than a space separate from the home, the outdoor garden can be thought of as a series of extended living rooms that provide both beauty and function.
Garden Rooms offers suggestions from 'expert home gardeners and landscape designers' for creating a range of outdoor living areas to suit a number of different sites, themes and styles. Included are examples of A Cozy Sitting Garden, Enclosing the Garden, A Front Yard Retreat, A Walled Garden and A Vine Sanctuary.
When designing A Cozy Sitting Garden for a small site, Jerry Glick wanted to incorporate aspects such as spaciousness, privacy, sanctuary and colour. He achieved these aims by building decks and patios bordered by flower beds to create a series of small, open areas which made the garden seem more expansive. A vertical sense of space was also simulated with the planting of tall plants and the use of hanging baskets to draw the gaze upwards. Privacy was attained by 'framing' the garden with a '6-ft tall wooden fence' to screen out neighbours. To complete the scene, small water features were added for an audio/visual sanctuary and clustered plantings provided an 'exuberant mix of colours and textures'.
Suzanne Edley's Enclosing the Garden offers design ideas for space and seclusion on an average-sized suburban block. She recommends the strategic siting of particular species of plants and trees to screen out neighbours, roads and footpaths. Flagstone paths provide entryways to secluded or 'secret' garden rooms which might include a water feature, transforming the area into a quiet haven for birds, local wildlife and the owner/gardener.
While the suggested design and plant species in Garden Rooms emanate from the northern hemisphere, Australian and New Zealand readers will be able to readily borrow the ideas and adapt their botanical selections to suit local conditions.
Photos & Illustrations: Colour
Units of Measurement: Imperial
Enclosed Entry Garden
Cozy Sitting Garden
Intimate Garden for Entertaining
Home for Hot Colors
Small Townhouse Garden
a Small City Backyard
as Living Space
Marriage of Garden Styles
A Shared Garden
a Garden with Illusion
Miniature Mountain Landscape
Make a Garden
Illusion of Age