First -- this isn't a handbook for the amateur who wants to lay out a garden. There's a very little information about specific plants. The approach is definitely to the subject of landscaping --of basic design -- of blending the practical needs with sound artistic effects. They discuss the selection of a site, the locating of the house, the initial principles in grading and lawn making, the importance of the entrance, the driveways, the placing of the flower garden, walls, steps, fences, service buildings, water features, woodland, rock gardening, furnishing and lighting, play space. Incidental to the broad outline of planning, there is occasional detail as to preparation of soil, specific advice on design related to city lots or small suburban areas. But for the layman who wants to know what shrubs to put where, succession of bloom, what to use in the way of bulbs, perennials, annuals, what to do about a victory garden -- he must go elsewhere for answer.