The UK Weather getting you down? Then why not have a look at our new eBook on Australian plants and

By: ACS Distance Education  08/11/2013
Keywords: plants, landscaping, horticulture

The UK weather can be dreary at times, so if you want something to brighten your day, perhaps you could have a look at our new eBook on Landscaping with Australian Plants. Explore the enormous scope of both Australian plants and ways in which they might be used in building both functional and aesthetically diverse landscape gardens. The popularity of Australian plants has increased and they are grown all over the world, from the UK to North Africa and Japan to Singapore. This book shows you possibilities of differentiating your landscaping options and using Australian plants, something that you might not have even considered using where you live. There are a wide range of plants that grow in different climates and can be useful and very nice to look at. There are many purposeful ways that Australian plants can be used in the garden regardless of the garden style. They may be used to create barriers against wind, sun, or fire, or to block out unsightly views and to frame vistas. Written by John Mason and staff of ACS Distance Education, Landscaping with Australian Plants will change your perspective on using Australian native plants within your landscape and garden design. CONTENTS CHAPTER 1 HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN GARDENS: EARLY INFLUENCES Early gardens People who influenced Australian garden design CHAPTER 2 LANDSCAPING APPLICATIONS Formal native gardens Natives for hedging Natives for edging formal gardens Shaping natives for formality The Australian bush garden Other types of dry gardens Woodland garden (dry sclerophyll forest) Heathland garden Bush tucker gardens Rainforest gardens Useful tips when landscaping and designing with natives CHAPTER 3 FUNCTIONAL USES OF AUSTRALIAN PLANTS Windbreaks Designing and planting a firebreak Supporting wildlife Land erosion Shaping sloping ground Settling soil CHAPTER 4 GROWING NATIVES General growing Guidelines Environmental factors Nutrition Soils and plants How to plant a native Pruning Pests and diseases CHAPTER 5 COMPONENTS OF A LANDSCAPE Components of a landscape Climate Microclimates Water and plant growth Watering 7 Testing if a plant needs water Australian plants for water wise gardens Using water as a garden feature Formal ponds Informal ponds Water garden practicalities Native rockeries What is natural gardening? What is a natural, wild or bush garden? Natural pest control Natural weed control Birds in the garden Designing garden spaces CHAPTER 6 NATIVE TREES Choosing your trees Other popular trees CHAPTER 7 SHRUBS Where to use shrubs CHAPTER 8 FLOWERS Using natives for colour Some plants which flower for long periods Other plants which flower for extended periods Autumn flowering plants Winter flowering plants CHAPTER 9 GROUND COVERS AND CLIMBERS How to use groundcovers Climbers Others Popular native climbers CHAPTER 10 CONIFERS AND PALMS Conifers Palms CHAPTER 11 FERNS Australian indigenous ferns Tree ferns APPENDICES You can find out more information or download the book at http://www.acsebooks.com/products/2301-landscaping-with-australian-plants-pdf-ebook.aspx If you are not sure about looking at Australian plants, then our UK school also offers a range of horticulture and gardening courses which you can view at www.acsedu.com or contact us for more information on [email protected]

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