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Gardening and Landscaping On and Around Your Deck

By Barbara W. Ellis

Realize the full potential of your deck, whatever its shape and size. Barbara W. Ellis shows you how to turn your outdoor space into an inviting retreat with long-blooming flowers, butterflies, and a cozy chair. Ellis’s straightforward, easy-to-follow advice on plantings, furniture, maintenance, and even lighting provides everything you need to know to create the deck of your dreams. Stunning photography and color drawings will inspire you to work with nature and use your deck more in every season.

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“If you want how-to planting and design ideas for you deck, patio or even your balcony, this book is a must. And it would make a great gift.” – Washington Post


“Handsome photographs and easy-to-understand drawings are a bonus.” – Portland Oregonian


" In Deckscaping, Barbara Ellis…goes into great detail, with color photos and drawings, to show how {the deck} can be used and enjoyed year round, even in cold climates. From simple to elaborate, she suggests surfaces, materials, plantings, furniture and gives tips on maintenance as well."- Publishers Weekly


"Deckscaping is a thoughtful and well-illustrated guide to making a deck more inviting and comfortable..."?Chicago Tribune


"Barbara Ellis shows how even the smallest pressure-treated "plot" can be transformed into an oasis of color and fragrance." ?Country Living Gardener


"...with Ellis' expert guidance, even the most lowly deck can be elevated into a lush garden room worthy of its inside partners.  Through Ellis' creative pointers, homeowners can easily develop a tempting transition from the backdoor to the backyard that will reflect their lifestyles and personalities. excellent resource for new deck construction or old deck revitalization projects." ?Booklist


“If you’re willing to be inspired, read on.  Author Ellis…offers suggestions and practical advice for anyone with a deck on the drawing board or underfoot.” —Portland Oregonian


“Say bye-bye to that boring deck…Pick up a copy Deckscaping.” —Nashville Tennessean


“The decks included in the lavish illustrations are anything but the barren, flat, house extensions we too often see...those in the book are an integral part of the garden and anything but boring." —Asbury Park Press

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January 01, 2002