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Subject: Planning a new garden
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: lillefyr-ga
List Price: $12.00
Posted: 11 Jul 2005 05:29 PDT
Expires: 10 Aug 2005 05:29 PDT
Question ID: 542118
I have to design a garden for my new house and am looking for a listing
of the best websites and resources on garden design and landscaping.

I need clear and specific information for someone that starts out 
from scratch. How to start, what about soil type, which flowers
go together etc etc. Layout examples and pictures would also be great
I am more interested in sites that have explanation than product
sales sites. Are there any blogs, or comunity sites covering the
topic. (Please none of these horrible spam blog sites)

Thank you

Request for Question Clarification by hummer-ga on 11 Jul 2005 10:37 PDT
Hi lillefyr. Where are you located?  Thanks, hummer

Clarification of Question by lillefyr-ga on 11 Jul 2005 11:43 PDT
Hello Hummer,

I am in Northern Europe, Luxembourg

lillefyr
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Subject: Re: Planning a new garden
Answered By: hummer-ga on 11 Jul 2005 14:09 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
 
Hi lillefyr,

Ok, I think I've finally settled on a website for you, after going
around in circles for awhile and changing my answer several times. The
Royal Horticultural Society has a very nice website which should get
you off to a good start. If you have a horticultural society or
agricultural extension service nearer to your home, try contacting
them for local information such as plant hardiness.

The Royal Horticultural Society
"Click on the links below to access information on a wide selection of
popular horticultural topics, which are research interests within the
Society or common enquiries."
http://www.rhs.org.uk/Learning/research/horticultural_themes/index.asp

Advice
Garden design & redesign
Designing a garden can be a challenge - and it's often difficult to
know where to start. That's why we have enlisted the skills of garden
designer Mary Newstead to give you a helping hand.
A simple guide to garden planning [links]
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Choosing a style
Part 3: Doing the design
Part 4: Materials
Part 5: The little extras
Part 6: Plant combinations
Plants and planting schemes
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Colour
Part 3: Planting principles
Part 4: Bark, stems and leaves
http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/design/design1.asp

Plant Selector
The perfect way to look for plants for your garden
"Our comprehensive database of plants provides immediate access to
descriptions, cultivation information as well as advice and
photographs of plants. If you are looking for plants to stock a new
border, need plants for an awkward area or position in the garden or
just need information on a specific plant, RHS Plant Selector is your
first port of call."
http://www.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantselector/index.aspx

BOOKS
http://www.rhs.org.uk/learning/publications/pubs_library_reference.asp

RHS Gardening Manual
A superb grounding for the beginner and an authoritative companion
fore the seasoned enthusiast, this encyclopaedic store of RHS
expertise gives practical advice on planning , creating and
maintaining a garden. Ideas for first-time gardeners or anyone taking
on a new garden.
Hardback 420pp.
ISBN 075130364X
Price 25

The Garden Designer
by Robin Williams
This essential sourcebook is a straightforward explanation of a
professional's approach to garden design and style. It includes
three-dimensional sketches and plans, and illustrations of a full
range of garden materials and styles. There is firm guidance on
appropriate choices of garden features and materials and how to make
them fit together harmoniously.
Hardback 208pp.
ISBN 0711208123.
Price 25

RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening
Editor-in-Chief Christopher Brickell
This comprehensively revised and expanded edition is the definitive
practical guide to gardening. It features expert advice from 50
specialist contributors on gardening techniques, planning and
maintenance, and on growing ornamental plants, fruits and
vegetables.With more than 3,000 colour photographs and over 100 new
pages, the RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening sets a new standard in
gardening reference.
Hardback 752pp.
ISBN 0751308625
35

USDA PLANT HARDINESS ZONES FOR EUROPE
http://www2.dicom.se/fuchsias/eurozoner.html

Additional Links of Interest:

Garden Design - Putting It All Together
Nothing intimidates a gardener more than garden design. Here are ideas
for taking it step-by-step and creating a foundation to build on, with
minimal anxiety. Great garden design takes practice.
http://gardening.about.com/od/gardendesign/index_a.htm

Gardening Basics
http://dening.about.com/od/gardenprimer/a/GardenBasics.htm

Step by Step Garden Planning 
http://www.earthspirits.net/garden-planning.htm

Backyard Gardener
http://www.backyardgardener.com/plants/index2.html

Landscaping-Where to Start
http://landscaping-software-review.toptenreviews.com/landscaping-where-o-start.html

MORE BOOKS

Designing Your Gardens and Landscapes : 12 Simple Steps for Successful Planning
by Janet Maconovichs
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1580173152/102-2539447-4960931
http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580173152/qid%3D1121110718/028-3834134-4522932

Landscaping: Planning, Planting, Building (Better Homes and
Gardens(R): Step-by-Step Series)
by Better Homes and Gardens 
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0696025582/102-2539447-4960931
http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/0696025582/qid%3D1121110803/028-3834134-4522932

New Complete Guide to Landscaping: Design, Plant, Build (Better Homes
and Gardens(R))
by Better Homes and Gardens (Editor)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0696208504/

Complete Idiot's Guide to Landscaping Illustrated (The Complete Idiot's Guide)
by Joel Lerner
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/002864445X/
http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/002864445X/qid%3D1121110892/028-3834134-4522932

FORUM

GardenWeb
http://www.gardenweb.com/

SOFTWARE

TopTenREVIEWS?
http://www.toptenreviews.com/about-us.html

Landscaping Software Reviews 2005
Listed in order of rating
#1  3D Home Architect Landscape Design Deluxe 
#2  Master Landscape Pro & Home Design $
#3  Imagine Pro 
#4  Master Landscape & Home Design
#5  Custom LandDesigner 3D Design Home & Garden Suite
#6  Total 3D Home & Landscape Design Suite
#7  Total 3D Landscape Deluxe
#8  Landscape Vision
#9  Instant Landscape Design
#10  3D Landscape For Everyone
http://landscaping-software-review.toptenreviews.com/3d-home-arch-land-des-del-6-review.html

Side-by-side Comparison
http://landscaping-software-review.toptenreviews.com/


Arboretum Kirchberg Luxembourg
http://www.bgci.org.uk/botanic_gardens/Kirchbergbgcn25.html

I hope I've been able to get you off to a good start! If you have any
questions, please post a clarification request *before* closing/rating
my answer and I'll be happy to reply.

Thank you,
hummer

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lillefyr-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
Thank you hummer.

This was just what I needed to get started.
Nice work!

Comments  
Subject: Re: Planning a new garden
From: hummer-ga on 12 Jul 2005 07:54 PDT
 
Dear lillefyr,

Thank you for your nice note, rating, and tip. I'm glad to hear you
like the RHS website too and I hope you'll soon be taking your tea on
a garden bench surrounded by the buzz of happy Hummingbirds enjoying
your bounty.

Sincerely,
hummer
Subject: Re: Planning a new garden
From: jago8-ga on 02 Sep 2005 15:05 PDT
 
Well, if you get hummingbirds in Luxembourg do let me know so I can
come and marvel....

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