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Doing over a garden or starting from scratch . . . a new book helps

Garden remodeling begins with "before' an analysis, as in the picture at upper left, that signals a course of improvement. But how do you get from your "before' to an "after'?

A brand-new Sunset book, Landscaping Illustrated (Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, Calif., 1984; $9.95), outlines each step. The photographs above, from the first chapter of the book, give a sampling of what can be accomplished. A core chapter that explains the how-to's of garden planning and design is one feature that distinguishes this book from another Sunset title, Landscaping and Garden Remodeling.

Taking stock

When a landscape professional designs a garden, the first question he or she asks is "What do you want?' You need to start the same way. The answers aren't always easy. Here are some idea-gathering methods to get you rolling:

Take a critical look. What's there now? What do you want that isn't there? What goes and what stays? "Before' photographs help you visualize changes; take them from all angles of the garden. Later, they're useful in applying for permits. After, they document your achievement.

Window-shop. When you drive through the neighborhood, visit friends, or walk around shopping malls and parks, notice the colors, shapes, and resultant moods of different landscape treatments.

Keep notes. Jot down everything (don't be practical at this stage) you like or want old brick paving, spring-flowering shrubs, a waterfall, a fish pond. Also record things you don't want clipped hedges, purple flowers, concrete walks. List all the ways your family plans to use the garden children's play, barbecuing, entertaining, growing vegetables so these activities get spaces in the design.

How to use the new book

The introductory chapter of the 176-page book illustrates more than 50 garden solutions in color. Gather ideas here before turning to following chapters for all the basics: how to make a garden plan, how to solve various problems, and how to compile ideas into a final design. Color drawings show a sampling of choices in gates, fences, screens, decks, and other garden fixtures. When you're ready to choose trees, shrubs, and vines, a directory listing plants by their landscape jobs offers specific help.

The rest of the book concentrates on installation. It tells you, with 166 drawings, how to plan a sequence of construction, how to grade, and how to install plants, walls, pavings, and garden structures.

Photo: Before. Unused side yard is a problem area; there's a door to house but no pathway to get there. First step in garden remodel was overall critique: What should be changed?

Photo: After. Brick walkway leads gracefully to door. Melaleucas shade an island of agapanthus, impatiens, and pittosporum. Latticework fence screens patio; shaped shrub frames new lawn planting. Design: Greg Grisamore of Roger's Gardens

Photo: New this month, Sunset's landscaping guide takes you from planning stage to installation
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