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The living landscape : designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden

Author: Rick Darke; Douglas W Tallamy
Publisher: Portland : Timber Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By combining the insights of two outstanding authors, it offers a model that anyone can follow. Inspired by examples, you'll learn the strategies for making and maintaining a diverse, layered landscape - one that offers beauty on many levels, provides outdoor rooms and turf areas for children and pets, incorporates fragrance and edible plants, and provides cover, shelter, and sustenance for wildlife. The Living
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rick Darke; Douglas W Tallamy
ISBN: 9781604694086 1604694084
OCLC Number: 854828521
Description: 392 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: 1. Layers in wild landscapes : The literal layers ; Canopy ; Understory trees ; Shrubs ; Herbaceous plants ; The ground layer ; The dynamic edge ; Wet edges ; Wetlands ; Meadows and grasslands ; Birds in every layer ; The cultural layers ; The temporal layers: time and community ; The temporal layers: time and opportunity ; What do we mean by native? --
2. The community of living organisms: why interrelationships matter more than numbers : The prominence of specialized relationships ; Biodiversity and ecosystem productivity ; Biodiversity and ecosystem stability ; Time and relationships --
3. The ecological functions of gardens: what landscapes do : Species conservation ; Ecological benefits for humans ; Ecological benefits for wildlife ; Ecosystem complexity --
4. The art of observation : Charting landscape colors ; Life at a different scale ; Banking on old logs ; Going with the flow of opportunity ; Safety in recycling ; Avoiding detection: crypsis --
5. Applying layers to the home garden : Space-making with organic architecture ; Life below ground ; The ground layer ; The herbaceous layer ; The shrub layer ; The understory tree layer ; The canopy layer ; Vines in multiple layers ; Creating edges ; The layering process ; Wet and moist spaces ; Meadow gardens ; The cultural layers --
Landscape and ecological functions of plants for the Mid-Atlantic including all the plants featured in this book ; Selected plants for the Southeast ; Selected plants for the Southwest ; Selected plants for the Pacific Northwest ; Selected plants for the Midwest and Mountain States ; Selected plants for New England.
Other Titles: Designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden
Responsibility: Rick Darke & Doug Tallamy ; principal photography by Rick Darke.

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The long-awaited follow-up to Doug Tallamy's 'Bringing Nature Home', this book provides homeowners with inspiration and strategies for creating beautiful, wildlife-sustaining landscapes  Read more...

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