Author(s): A. M. Clevely

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A patio offers all sorts of possibilities: a place for sitting out or entertaining, a place for retreat or a party, a place to enjoy plants. Almost any garden, however small, can accommodate a patio and this book tells you how you can have one. Considering the range of possible styles and all the practical options, Andi Clevely helps you lay first your plans and then your patio, whether it be paved with stone, decked with timber or adorned with pebbles. Ideas for lighting, furniture, heating and eating help you turn the structure into an inviting outdoor room. He then describes suitable plants for different situations and to create different moods - cool and refreshing white and silver plants for sunny sites, foliage plants for shade, tropical plants for an exotic feel - showing the variety of ways in which plants in beds, crevices or containers can complete a patio by providing it with structure, colour, texture and seasonal change.


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[A] clear and easy to follow guide. Lady The simplicity of this read and clear layout means that there is no reason except affluence stopping your patio ideas being put into action. So go outside and get creative. Ireland's Homes, Interiors and Living Magazine

Andi Clevely has spent thirty-five years as a working gardener. After taking a degree in English at Oxford he began his gardening career on the Crown Estate at Windsor Great Park. Since then he has been employed as head gardener in private service (initially for J.B. Priestley and Jacquetta Hawkes). He is currently responsible for managing a country estate and garden near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. His books include The Integrated Garden (Crown, NY), The Kitchen Garden (Sterling, NY), Designing Herb and Kitchen Gardens and A Year in the Garden. He also contributed to The Reader's Digest Encyclopedia of Gardening, Reader's Digest Your Garden through the Year and Collins' Complete Gardening Manual (HarperCollins). As a journalist he writes regularly for The Garden, Homes and Gardens, The Field, and BBC Gardener's World Magazine. In 2003 he won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Practical Journalist of the Year. Steven Wooster is a distinguished photographer who specializes in gardens and plants. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden and Organic Gardening.

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  • : 9780711226425
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : 0.6
  • : March 2007
  • : 222mm X 222mm X 14mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : A. M. Clevely
  • : Hardback
  • : 717
  • : 112
  • : approx. 15000 words & 80 illustrations