464 pages, Illus, col photos, maps
This visionary planting guide features an A-Z of more than 1,000 great garden plants. Each plant is photographed in glorious partnership with one, two or three ideal companions, creating more than 4,000 of the most imaginative and visually effective combinations possible. With a practical introduction, analyses of what makes a successful combination, the author goes on to show how to recreate combinations shown and invent new combinations. With chapters on bulbs, climbers, perennials, shrubs, trees, roses, and annuals, this book has become the essential reference book for all those who wish to combine plants according to colour, shape, texture, and form in every corner of their gardens.
how to use this book, hardiness zones, THE ART OF COMBINING PLANTS: Colour, form, texture, season. GREAT PLANTING STYLES: Meadow planting to new exotic style including the great designs of ten designers from Gertrude Jekyll to Piet Oudolf, Shrubs and small trees, Rhododendrons, Climbers, Clemati, Roses, Climbing & Rambler roses, Old shrub roses, Larger species and larger modern Shrub roses, Hybrid Teas & Floribundas, Smaller species & smaller modern Shrub roses, Ground Cover roses, Perennials, Geraniums, Hostas, Irises, Bulbs, Tulips, Annuals, Dahlias, common plant names, index. acknowledgments 464
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Tony Lord is a gardening author, photographer and consultant with an expert eye for effective planting combinations. Formerly a Gardens Adviser to the National Trust, he edits The Royal Horticultural Society's annual Plant Finder, and lectures on plants, gardens and garden history. His books include Best Borders, winner of the Garden Writers' Guild 'Book of the Year' award for 1994, Gardening at Sissinghurst, and Designing with Roses. Andrew Lawson, photographer, was a major contributor to Highgrove, Portrait of an Estate by HRH The Prince of Wales, and as author and photographer has published Performance Plants, and The Gardener's Book of Colour. In 1999 he was named 'Garden Photographer of the Year' by the Garden Writers' Guild. Andrew Lawson lives in Oxfordshire.