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Garden writer Anne Halpin has a different perspective on landscaping the home grounds: she looks at the landscape as a setting for the home and decorates the grounds accordingly. The author explores the many ways to create an appealing landscape around the house and other structures. First, she suggests relating the architectonic base to the buildings through appropriate garden styles and then she urges color coordinating the garden plantings and furnishings to the house and outbuildings.
Appealing photographs support her thesis, and readers will "oh" and "ah" over her colorful accents. Her recommendations of garden colors for houses of different hues are interesting, and the sections on plants for different purposes, such as for paths and for training on fences, are instructive guides to decorative features.
Some readers may be disappointed that despite its title, the book focuses only on aesthetic issues. However, this may be one of its strong points. After the architect and landscape designers have completed their tasks dealing with the built elements and environmental issues, there is a time for selecting those plantings and beautiful, whimsical essentials that distinguish a great landscape from an ordinary garden.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden