am 25. November 1998
The Lazy Gardener is full of common sense (or good sense - maybe it's not so common) about how to get plants to grow themselves in your yard. Its main emphasis is on working with what you've got and having time to enjoy it, instead of doing battle with it.
The Lazy Gardener helps you find plants you really like which will grow happily within the constraints you have. It helps you take an honest look at the time and tedium costs of the choices you make, as well as the enjoyment they will give you.
It talks about the whole garden space as well as plant choices - what sort of things to consider to make it your space, one you particularly like. It emphasizes getting pleasure out of your garden. It discusses how to structure the work of building a garden so that it stays rewarding, making it more likely that you'll keep going.
In all ways, the book helps you figure out how to make the garden that's best for you, with your yard, your time, your likes and dislikes, your dirt, water, sun, etc.
The Lazy Gardener is also a pleasure to read, a little new-agey in places, but full of wit and sprinkled with wry comments about the gardening "establishment". I am here at Amazon to buy 4 or 5 copies as Christmas presents.
am 29. August 1998
Since I don't have much time or patience for gardening, I've never really ventured into planting a full-fledged garden. This book actually makes it seem feasible. It gave me a number of hints and ideas of how to do it, and what to plant in it, so that I can have a good-looking garden without having to spend my life taking care of it!