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Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass

Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass
Liz Primeau
Firefly Books
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paper, 232 p., $24.95

Offering an appealing argument for flowering perennials at the front door, author Liz Primeau has gathered together a bountiful photographic record of North American home gardens that express this current trend in landscape design. After a brief account of what made the ubiquitous manicured lawn before the home both popular and possible, Primeau recounts her aesthetic, environmentally-conscious conversion to plantings that reflected the varying interests of the homeowner and complemented the building’s architecture.

She ably illustrates her concept that landscapes should grow more than grass by an extensive collection of attractive photographs of dooryard gardens across North America from Canada to Texas. She leads the reader through the basic steps in planning the grounds and provides samples of different landscape plans that carry out the theme.

This book is truly inspirational for the ambitious gardener who enjoys gardening and is up to the challenge of this fashion statement.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden