144 pages, Col illus, b/w illus
Discover the versatility of ornamental grases in your garden all year-round with this informative little book. It illustrates how to combine grasses with other garden plants for both subtle and exploseive colour effects. Grasses can be used to bring textural complements and contrasts into play in your garden. Captured by light and wind, ornamental grasses offer unexpected life, movement and drama to every home landscape.
Grasses have grown in popularity over the last few years, their ease of maintenance and soft forms making them a gardener's dream. From the original prairie plantings which migrated here from the US and Europe, grasses are now more widely recognised as good "doers" for the garden. Adding form, softness, colour and all year interest they are taking the place of the stolid evergreens so endemic in this country for winter "colour", adding cohesion and diversity of form to beds and borders. Being so amenable means many are happy growing in shade, dry soil, moist soil, and containers or as statuesque features in island beds on their own. US garden writer, Nancy Ondra, presents a comprehensive look at the most easily available grasses. Including some grass-like plants such as a phormium, liriope and ophiopogon, she takes the reader through a careful selection of grasses for particular colour schemes and sites. Wonderfully photographed by Saxon Holt, this is an inspirational guide to grasses' uses in the garden accompanied by sound cultivation advice. If you are wary of grasses or unsure how to use them, this colourful book will set aside such doubts and ensure an easy introduction to these easy, amenable range of plants. - Lucy Watson
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