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Author: Peter Robinson

Water has fascinated man for centuries, and is a welcome element in any garden, having the power to soothe or excite. Combined with rock, it brings a whole new dimension to the garden design. Whether you want a small water feature or a series of waterfalls, Rock & Water Gardening provides a host of inspirational ideas for using water in your garden.

In the first section of the book, 'Rock and Water in Gardens', Peter Robinson, a leading water garden expert, celebrates rock pools and ponds, gravel gardens, wildlife pools and bog gardens, streams and waterfalls, and fountains, with nine special examples of rock and water features.

A photograph of each feature is accompanied by a three-dimensional artwork showing the main materials, equipment and plants used. Choose between a Slate Rock Pool, a Small Bog Garden and a Rock Stream, among others.

Next 'Special Features' looks at those vital finishing touches that can transform a water garden, including bridges, decking, stepping stones, islands and lighting. All-important issues such as safety, the water table, making a plan, as well as working out the size, depth and shape of a pond are covered in 'Planning the Design'. 'Materials and Equipment' gives information on materials, including pond liners and preformed units, rocks and other edgings, and pumps and filters.

Whether your dream is a simple rock-edged pool, a complex stream or a free-standing feature, such as a Cobble Fountain or Brimming Urn, 'Constructing Rock and Water Gardens' gives advice on installing a range of stunning features. There are clear photographic sequences and cross-sectional illustrations to take you through the construction process.

No rock and water feature would be complete without the soft landscaping, and in 'Planting Water and Rock Gardens', there is helpful guidance on designing successful planting schemes, as well as on how to plant and propagate rock and water plants.

A comprehensive 'Plant Directory' provides information on a range of water lilies and lotus, deep-water aquatics, oxygenating and free-floating plants, marginals and moisture-lovers as well as a host of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, ferns and alpines. For keen fishkeepers, 'Fish and Other Fauna' looks at buying and introducing fish, while 'Care and Maintenance' explains all you need to know to keep your rock and water garden in top condition.

With its stunning photographs and clear practical advice, Rock & Water Gardening is perfect for the beginner as well as for the more ambitious gardener who wishes to create complex rock and water designs.

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Specific Details

Softcover: 264 pages
Title: The Illustrated Practical Guide to Water and Rock Gardening
Author: Peter Robinson
Publisher: Southwater
Date: 2008
ISBN: 1844765016
Language: English
Weight: 1 lbs 7.1 ounces

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