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The Australian Garden: Designing with Australian Plants

By: Diana Snape

232 pages, Col illus

Antique Collectors Club

Paperback | Dec 2003 | #137860 | ISBN: 1870673468
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About this book

Diana Snape and her colleagues are passionate about Australian gardens and their enthusiasm pervades the wealth of information in this book. Australia enjoys an astonishing range of unusual and beautiful plants. "The Australian Garden" shows how Australian plants can be used in all major gardening styles. Choices include the untouched natural garden, arid, country, walkabout, grassland, cottage, wildflower, small and courtyard, plus formal gardens where control, however unobtrusive, is of the essence. The book provides a vast array of Australian plants for designing groundcovers, features, ornamentals, infill or for almost any purpose. Many other aspects of design are covered, such as the beauty and tranquility of water in the garden, the joy of living with Australian wildlife and maintaining a sense of harmony amidst a mini native ecosystem.

A study in Australian garden design using native plants to blend and conserve the countryside and encourage wildlife, this is a visual feast of planting ideas from down under. Stunning photography and intelligent writing by author Diana Snape demonstrates the fervour and passion with which she embraces the subject and is endorsed by leading environmental scientists John Landy and George Seldon. Ostensibly aimed at Australian gardeners and the preservation of native species, the wealth of their horticultural legacy is such that this book has a relevance to growers of Australian plants across the globe. As Australian conservationists bemoan the influx of foreign imports so we in the UK continue to embrace the wide-ranging and diverse collection of plants hailing from the other side of the world: eucalyptus, leptospernums, dicksonias and acacia for the garden; banksias, pandoras, plectranthus and grevilleas for the home and conservatory. Just because it concentrates on Australian gardens does not mean it should be overlooked here, the designs emerging from this vast continent are pertinent around the world being both cutting edge and environmentally friendly, completely in tune with the new century's thoughts on how horticulture and landscape gardening should proceed. - Lucy Watson


Beginning with design: aims and visions; design principles; knowing the site; making a plan; putting it on paper. Garden styles: background; indigenous gardens; blended gardens - Mediterranean gardens; natural gardens; naturalistic gardens - walkabout gardens, grassy woodland gardens, coastal gardens, arid area gardens, heathland gardens; formal gardens - theme gardens; collectors' gardens; small gardens - courtyard gardens, Australian cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, tapestry gardens, grassland gardens; large gardens. The role of plants: Australian trees; groundcover plants; framework plants; feature plants; ornamental plants; infill plants. Design elements: hard landscape; water; wildlife; colour; the sensuous garden; ornaments. Learning along the way: problems and challenges; managing your garden.

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