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This book advocates a new way of using perennials that works with – rather than against - nature. Noël Kingsbury explores planting schemes designed to suit the existing condition of your garden. If your soil is poor and fast draining, choose tough hardy cultivars that will thrive in these conditions. Try an informal planting style that echoes nature: a structure thats loose rather than tight, where perennials are blended together rather than grouped in a rigid manner. These environmentally friendly …

Piet Oudolfs gardens excite the senses and stir emotion with an approach to gardening that emphasizes form, texture, light, movement, and color. Designing with Plants is both inspirational and instructive-an informative and visually breathtaking study that shows readers how to create the same effects in their gardens. This paperback reprint includes four main parts. Planting Palettes shows the range of plant choice available in form, texture, and color. Designing Schemes shows how to combine these …

Gathering the design principles and tricks of the worlds greatest garden makers, this illustrated guide provides expert advice in all aspects of the design process. By examining the way designers work, this book helps the reader decide on a garden layout and style, relate the garden to the landscape, choose materials for surfaces and boundaries, incorporate living spaces and decorative features, and map out planting schemes. With these tricks of the trade—from experts such as John Brookes, …
Amazon / Blume
Price: 53.72 $

This handbook of stylish borders to copy at home includes an introduction to the basic principles of border design and care, and a profile of each designer and their work. Each designer has contributed four original designs with borders for every situation, season and taste. Each design is accompanied by a detailed seating plan, a three-dimensional realization, and photographs to inspire the amateur gardener. …
Amazon / Cassell
Price: 50.24 $

Home gardeners with a keen interest in design, as well as professional landscape designers, will find invaluable advice in this new approach. The book focuses on the general principles behind creating successful and beautiful plant combinations in both time and space-working with perennials in the context of trees, shrubs, and the surrounding landscape. The authors suggest looking across, into, and through the landscape. They ask the reader to consider the rhythms and connections in their designs, …

A leading figure in the New Perennial planting movement, garden designer Piet Oudolf emphasizes plant structure as the most important aspect of a successful garden. Form and texture are valued as much as color, and perennials--prized for their beauty throughout a natural life cycle--are used almost exclusively. Oudolf challenges conventional approaches to gardening that rely on short-lived bursts of color and constant maintenance and shows the delights of working with versatile, expressive perennials …

Seedheads bring impact to late summer borders and linger to provide interest well into autumn and winter. They look dramatic set against a backdrop of fading flowers, associate well with grasses and native plants, and are key components of the naturalistic garden in which every phase of a plant is enjoyed from first shoot to final decay. After providing historical context, Noël Kingsbury explains how plants reproduce and participate in the gardens wider ecology, and explores seedheads role in diverse …
Amazon / Timber Press
Price: 25.63 $

The intriguing stories about our favorite plants! The oldest rose fossil was found in Colorado and dates to 35 million years ago. Marigolds, infamous for their ability to self-seed, are named for an Etruscan god who sprang from a ploughed field. And daffodils—an icon of spring—were introduced to Britain by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. Every garden plant has an origination story, and Garden Flora, by noted garden designer Noel Kingsbury, shares them in a beautifully compelling way. This …
Amazon / Timber Press
Price: 24.56 $

An intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer renowned for his plantings at the High Line in New York City, and Lurie Garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park. Hummelo—near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the eastern Netherlands—is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year. It is Piet Oudolf’s home, his personal garden laboratory, a former nursery run by his wife Anja, and the place where he first tested new designs and created the …

Garden planners, home gardeners, and landscape designers will be turning to this exceptional book for expert advice from the worlds leading garden makers including Beth Chatto, Piet Oudolf, James Van Sweden, and Julie Mois Messervy. In this beautifully illustrated collection, Noël Kingsbury gathers their ideas on the entire design process-from choosing a garden style through planning its layout to maintaining its look over time. Encouraging a fluid approach to creativity, Gardens by Design will …

Planting: A New Perspective is an essential resource for designers and gardeners looking to create plant-rich, beautiful gardens that support biodiversity and nourish the human spirit. An intimate knowledge of plants is essential to the success of modern landscape design, and Planting makes Oudolf’s considerable understanding of plant ecology and performance accessible, explaining how plants behave in different situations, what goes on underground, and which species make good neighbors. Extensive …
Amazon / Timber Press
Price: 22.50 $

The natural beauty of flowers has been celebrated by writers, poets and artists for hundreds of years. In this collection of exquisite images by award-winning photographer Clive Nichols, flowers are shown in all their glory, from the delicately flared petals of a crocus to the close-packed velvety whorls of a red rose; and from the intricate markings of an orchid to the kaleidoscope-like symmetry of wild borage. In these photographs, where every bloom is treated as a work of art, the tiniest details …

Small gardens are a challenge to design and to keep looking good. This title aims to inspire and inform gardeners to make the most of their small spaces by looking at more than 50 contemporary and inspirational gardens, at how their designers have created them and how their owners use and develop them. In this serious review of the perennial subject, Noel explains the theory and practice of planting a small garden, he advocates on the use of containers, revitalises growing your own, and explains …

In a world dominated more and more by urban development, nature is increasingly seen as an inspiration for gardeners. Sustainability and biodiversity, currently high on the worlds agenda, are important aspects of natural-style gardening. In this beautiful new book, gardening expert Noel Kingsbury considers a variety of approaches to making gardens that celebrate nature. He discusses what is meant by the natural look, gives guidance on how to achieve it, and outlines the ideas and problems involved. …
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