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Gardening and Landscaping On and Around Your Deck

Barbara W. Ellis


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Decks are popular in North American landscapes because they serve as outdoor sanctuaries. They are in the back yard, where life is quiet and less hectic. The deck is the perfect place to read the Sunday paper, listen to a ballgame, or entertain when the weather's nice. But a large, flat expanse of deck isn't all that exciting. Often, decks look bare and uninviting and can take up valuable gardening space.

With DECKSCAPING, learn to landscape on and around your deck. Landscaping and planting techniques help create the feeling that the deck is surrounded by the garden while hiding the deck's unsightly undercarriage. Add structure and privacy to the deck by building a lattice-covered pergola and growing climbing vines on it for shade. Containers planted with flowers, herbs, or vegetables bring the garden, with its fragrances, butterflies, birds, and wildlife, right up onto the deck. Running low on space? Attach hanging baskets and planter boxes to the railing. What you plant around your deck is just as important as what you plant around your house.

In addition to teaching landscaping and planting techniques, DECKSCAPING provides decorating tips on furniture, ornaments, and water features that strengthen the link between indoor and outdoor rooms. Homeowners will also learn how to evaluate a deck, analyze its usefulness and effectiveness, and identify options to improve it so that it is comfortable, safe, and appealing.

Praise For Deckscaping: Gardening and Landscaping On and Around Your Deck

“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


Storey Publishing, LLC, 9781580174596, 176pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2002

About the Author

Barbara W. Ellis is a freelance writer, editor, and lifelong gardener. She is the author of many gardening books, including The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book, Deckscaping, Shady Retreats, and Covering Ground. She holds a B.S. in horticulture from the Ohio State University, Columbus, and a B.A. from Kenyon College. She has worked as managing editor at Rodale Press and as publications director for the American Horticultural Society and is affiliated with the Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group, the Garden Writers Association, and the Perennial Plant Association. She lives and gardens in Maryland, where she and her husband live in a renovated “green” home with an assortment of rescued dogs, cats, and parrots. Her garden, which is managed organically and designed to be wildlife-friendly, features a wide range of ornamentals, herbs, and edibles for both sun and shade.