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The Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations: Over 4,000 Achievable Planting Schemes

By: Andrew Lawson (Author)

464 pages, 1200 colour photos, 50 colour illustrations

Mitchell Beazley

Paperback | Mar 2012 | #221125 | ISBN-13: 9781845336820
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About this book

The Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations is the essential reference book for anyone wanting to combine plants according to shape, colour, texture, or form. 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 and analyses of what makes a successful combination, the authors show how to recreate combinations shown and invent new combinations of your own. With chapters on bulbs, climbers, perennials, shrubs, trees, roses, and annuals, The Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations 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
- Assessing the site
- Choosing plants
- Scale and size
- Plant habit
- Plant form
- Plant texture
- The RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Colour in the garden
- Timing the season
- Planting beds and borders
- Allelopathy
- Aftercare

Great Planting Styles
- About planting styles
- Bedding
- Herbaceous borders
- Great planting designers: Nori and Sandra Pope
- Mixed borders
- Woodland planting
- Great planting designers: Beth Chatto
- Exotic planting styles
- Great planting designers: Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett
- Meadow planting
- Great planting designers: Dan Pearson
- Naturalistic gardens
- Great planting designers: Piet Oudolf
- Country style
- Great planting designers: Rosemary Verey
- Cottage gardens
- Great planting designers: Penelope Hobhouse
- Grasses
- Great planting designers: Oehme and van Sweden
- Mediterranean style
- Great planting designers: Tom Stuart-Smith
- Minimalist styles

Shrubs and Small Trees
- Rhododendrons

- Clematis

- 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

- Geraniums
- Hostas
- Irises

- Tulips

- Dahlias

Common Plant Names Index

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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.

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