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Best Landscape Design Books You Must Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Landscape Design books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Southeast Home Landscaping, 3rd Edition (Creative Homeowner) 54 Landscape Designs with Over 200 Plants & Flowers Best Suited to AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, & TN, and Over 450 Photos & Drawings (2010)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadSoutheast Home Landscaping, 3rd Edition is a larger-format edition of Creative Homeowner’s award-winning book on landscaping southeast-style.Inside, you’ll find inspiring ideas for making your home landscape more attractive and functional. The 54 featured designs are created by landscape professionals from the region and use more than 200 dependable plants that thrive in the southeast. States included are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.Included are detailed…
Author(s): Roger Holmes, Rita Buchanan

2. Foundations of Landscape Architecture: Integrating Form and Space Using the Language of Site Design (2011)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadA visually engaging introduction to landscape architectural design Landscape architectural design seeks to create environments that accommodate users’ varying lifestyles and needs, incorporate cultural heritage, promote sustainability, and integrate functional requirements for optimal enjoyment. Foundations of Landscape Architecture introduces the foundational concepts needed to effectively integrate space and form in landscape design. With over five hundred hand-rendered and digital drawings, as well as photographs, Foundations of Landscape Architecture…
Author(s): Norman Booth

3. [Illustrated History of Landscape Design] [Author: Boults, Elizabeth] [January, 2010] (2010)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadPaperback Publisher: Wiley (January 21, 2010) Language: English ASIN: B00GXHOPC8 Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Elizabeth Boults

4. Landscape Graphics: Plan, Section, and Perspective Drawing of Landscape Spaces (2002)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadAnnouncing the new revised edition of the classic industry reference! Landscape Graphic is the architect’s ultimate guide to all the basic graphics techniques used in landscape design and landscape architecture. Progressing from the basics into more sophisticated techniques, this guide offers clear instruction on graphic language and the design process, the basics of drafting, lettering, freehand drawing and conceptual diagramming, perspective drawing, section elevations, and more. It also features carefully sequenced exercises, a complete file of graphic symbols for…
Author(s): Grant Reid

5. Northeast Home Landscaping, 3rd Edition: Including Southeast Canada (Creative Homeowner) 54 Landscape Designs, 200+ Plants & Flowers Best Suited to CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT, NB, NS, ON, PE, & QC (2006)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadNortheast Home Landscaping shows you how to beautify 27 common landscape situations, such as front and back entries, walkways, borders, slopes, and patios.The 54 featured design variations are created by landscape professionals from the region and incorporate more than 200 region-specific plants that thrive in the Northeast U.S.Included are detailed instructions to install the paths, fences, walls, arbors, and trellises that make up the designs, concise information for gardening techniques, and easy-to-follow plans.Nearly 400 full-color photos and…
Author(s): Roger Holmes, Rita Buchanan, et al.

6. Landscape Design Combinations (2017)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadFor beginner to experienced gardener, Lee Miller’s Landscape Design Combinations, provides the tools, guidance and inspiration you need for creating your own dream garden! Learn the use of landscape design principles, such as combining color and foliage, to achieve the perfect combination of evergreens, perennials and flowering shrubs for all season interest for your space. Perfect for gardening in zones 3-9, all information is based on the author’s personal experience as a landscape designer for over twenty years. If you are looking to plan your own dream garden with…
Author(s): Lee Miller

7. Drawing for Landscape Architects: Construction and Design Manual (2015)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadFew other professions can match landscape architecture’s requirement graphically to represent and communicate so much content and so many ideas. From large-scale master-plans and strategic visions, design concepts and outdoor experiences, to specific vegetation and precise construction details – at some point everything has to be explained on paper. This handbook focuses on two areas which, even in the age of digital media, are still staples of the profession: orthographic projections and blackline drawings. Intended to be both instructional and inspirational, this book…
Author(s): Sabrina Wilk

8. Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls (Creative Homeowner) Design Ideas with Step-by-Step DIY Instructions and More Than 500 Photos for Brick, Mortar, Concrete, Flagstone, & Tile (Landscaping) (2010)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadDesigning the outside of the home adds to curb-side appeal, creates ambiance, and increases the value of your home. Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls provides the homeowner with all the information you need to integrate popular hardscape designs into the overall home landscape.Included are ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and brick and mortared stone walls. Lavish color photographs provide design inspiration, while the extensive how-to section provides easy-to-follow information.With over 500 photos and illustrations, Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls contains all the design…
Author(s): Editors of Creative Homeowner, Landscaping

9. Midwest Home Landscaping, 3rd Edition: Including South-Central Canada (Creative Homeowner) 46 Landscape Designs and Over 200 Plants & Flowers Best Suited to the Region, with Step-by-Step Instructions (2010)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadMidwest Home Landscaping, 3rd Edition shows you how to beautify common landscape situations—Midwest-style!Inside, you’ll find a collection of inspiring ideas for making your home landscape more attractive and functional. The 46 featured designs were created by landscape professionals from the region and use more than 200 proven performers—all plants that thrive in the Midwest and south-central Canada. The book describes each plant in full detail, as well as how to install and care for them.Included are detailed instructions for projects such as walkways, borders, patios, ponds, and arbors, concise…
Author(s): Roger Holmes , Rita Buchanan , et al.

10. Principles of Ecological Landscape Design (2013)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadToday, there is a growing demand for designed landscapes—from public parks to backyards—to be not only beautiful and functional, but also sustainable. With Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, Travis Beck gives professionals and students the first book to translate the science of ecology into design practice. This groundbreaking work explains key ecological concepts and their application to the design and management of sustainable landscapes. It covers topics from biogeography and plant selection to global change. Beck draws on real world cases where professionals have put ecological principles to use in the built…
Author(s): Travis Beck, Carol Franklin

11. Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard (2013)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadHomeowners spend billions of hours—and dollars—watering, mowing, and maintaining their lawns. You don’t have to be one of them. Free yourself with Lawn Gone!, a colorful, accessible guide to the basics of replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, low-water, money-saving options. It includes: •  alternative grasses that seldom (or never) need mowing •  drought-tolerant, eco-friendly landscapes •  regional plant recommendations for all parts of the country •  artificial turf that looks like the real thing…
Author(s): Pam Penick

12. Step-by-Step Landscaping (2nd Edition) (Better Homes and Gardens Gardening) (2007)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadA new edition of Better Homes and Gardens(r) best-selling landscaping book. Packed with 408 pages of all-new material from the editors of Better Homes and Gardens(r) books, this complete landscaping guide has everything you need to know transform your yard.More than 700 stunning photographs and 100 complete step-by-step projects show you how to improve grading, plant successfully, build a deck, and much more.Plus an all-new plant encyclopedia with 95 plant photos! It’s everything you need to know to improve your view.Step-by-step plans for patios, edging, walls, fences, water gardens, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, garden…
Author(s): Better Homes, Gardens

13. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition (2009)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadThe first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As…
Author(s): ToHemenway

14. California Home Landscaping, 3rd Edition (Creative Homeowner) Over 400 Color Photos & Illustrations, 200 Plants for the Region, & 48 Outdoor Designs to Make Your Landscape More Attractive & Functional (2010)

Best Landscape Design Books You Must ReadInside California Home Landscaping, 3rd Edition, you’ll find 48 featured designs created by landscape professionals from the region. The designs use more than 200 dependable plants that are proven to perform and thrive in the Californian climate.This idea-filled book is presented in three parts: Design Portfolio, Guide to Installations, and Plant Portraits. In the “Design Portfolio” section, you’ll find 48 beautiful designs—24 plans, each in 2 variations—created by landscape professionals in California. Then, “Guide to Installations” shows you how to install the plants, paths, patios,…
Author(s): Roger Holmes, Lance Walheim

Best Landscape Design Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some landscape design books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Landscape Lab: Drawing, Perception and Design for the Next Landscape Models

Author(s): Fabio Bianconi, Marco Filippucci
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 30 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355199

Machine Landscapes: Architectures of the Post Anthropocene

Author(s): Liam Young
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2019, Size: 32 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2374907

Construction detailing for landscape and garden design: urban water features

Author(s): Hensey, Paul
Publisher: Routledge;CRC, Year: 2019, Size: 32 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2414881

Shaping American Democracy: Landscapes and Urban Design

Author(s): Scott M. Roulier
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2179700

Codify : parametric and computational design in landscape architecture

Author(s): Cantrell, Bradley; Mekies, Adam
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 30 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2256968

The Changing Landscape of Spanish Language Curricula: Designing Higher Education Programs for Diverse Students

Author(s): Alan V. Brown and Gregory L. Thompson
Publisher: Georgetown University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2270026

Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment

Author(s): Frederick R Steiner
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Year: 2018, Size: 54 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2344346

Studies in Philosophical Realism in Art, Design and Education

Author(s): Neil C. M. Brown
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1676043

Visionary Landscapes: Japanese Garden Design in North America, the Work of Five Contemporary Masters

Author(s): Kendall H. Brown, David M. Cobb (photo)
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 32 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2327913

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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