Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You by Amanda ThomsenKiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You by Amanda Thomsen

Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You

byAmanda Thomsen

Paperback | December 18, 2012

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Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that captures your unique personality. Amanda Thomsen fills this quirky book with innovative ideas, encouraging you to forget the accepted “rules” and make your own landscaping choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you’ll end up with a yard you’ll adore. 

About The Author

Amanda Thomsen is a landscape designer whose blog, Kiss My Aster, can be read at She is a Master Gardener and has been gardening professionally for over 10 years. She is the co-author of Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Title:Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to YouFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.63 × 7.56 × 0.5 inPublished:December 18, 2012Publisher:Storey Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1603429867

ISBN - 13:9781603429863

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Table of Contents

Getting to Know YOU

In the Beginning

So, Whatcha Want?

Who Are You, Anyway?


So, You Think You Can Plant

I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me

Right into the Danger Zone

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

These Dreams

Where's My Motivation?


You Need Help

Hire a Guy

Vive la Difference!

Born Free

The Labor Party

Help! I Need Somebody


Your Woody Friends

One, Two, Tree

Lean, Mean & Evergreen

Tree to Be You & Me

Shrubs: The Khaki Pants of the Landscape

Big, Big Trees

Happy Medium Trees

Wee Trees


Fun Games and Random Thoughts

Game Time

Bad Landscaping BINGO

Word Find

Hey, Tool

Kiss My Aster Guide to Garden Fashion

Dear Amanda

Color Me Gnome

Hobo Deck Style

Landscaping Mad Libs

Chore Cootie Catcher

Amanda's Part(y)ing Words


For Those Who Seek the Light

This Little Light of Mine

Lighting Dos and Don'ts

Sunny Day Real Estate

Light It Up


Landscape Design 101

Button Up Your Overcoat

File Under: Landscape Magic!

It's All You

Win, Lose, or Draw

Walk It Off

You Swore There Wouldn't Be Math

You Can't Always Get What You Want...

But If You Try, Sometimes You Get What You Need

Tips Galore

Design Hints



Rip It Up

Tear It Up


So, You're a Lawn Freak

No Dearth of Turf

Prep School

The Grass Is Always Greener

Weed Worries


Rocks for Jocks

Rock On!

Stone Dos and Don'ts

Not Your Stepping Stone

Harder to Do & Longer Lasting

Bolder Boulders


So, You're a Hippie

Can You Hear the Sustainability?



So, You're a Control Freak

Still Life with Mulch

I Saw a Deadhead Sticker on a Cadillac

Pinch Me


Eat This

Eat It

Reasons to Grow Your Own Food

Grow What?

Herbie, Fully Loaded


For Those Who Want to Be Left Alone

Hedge Fun(d)

Antisocial Climbers

What Neighbors?


Well-Planted Woodies

To B&B or Not to B&B

Plant It Like You Mean It


The Stuff Beneath Your Feet

Dropping Acid (or Alkalinity)

Soil, Yourself

Soil-Change Operation

Compostest Is the Mostest

Sandy Handy

Worms Eat My Trash


Oh! Pretty!

Your A** Is Grass

Flowering Shrubs

Annual Means Always Having to Say Goodbye

Forever Yours, Perennials


Soak It Up

Where's My Hose?


I Put My Root Down

Timer after Timer

Drip It Good

Less Irritation through Irrigation



For Those Who Shun the Sun

Kinda Shady

Desperately Seeking Shade

Nine Ways to Get Some Shade


Make It Shine!

Mow & Blow

Living on the Edge

Cut It Out

Cleanup Time

Fertilize It


Icing on the Cake

Decks in the City

Going to the Dogs

Smoke & Mirrors

More Bounce for the Ounce

Water, Water Everywhere


You've Got Problems

Breaking the Mold

What Big Teeth You Have

Spray & Pray

Aphids, Spider Mites, and Scale

All These Bugs

Weeds Happen

Weeds Happen 2

Editorial Reviews

Her iconoclastic, and drenchingly colorful, new book, "Kiss My Aster", is her manifesto, her plea and promise that gardening should be one grand adventure. And, yes, you can still wow the neighbors."