280 pages, 268 colour photos, 30 colour illustrations
Planting: A New Perspective, by famed landscape architects Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury, is a groundbreaking moment in horticulture. It is the first book to share Oudolf's original planting plans and plant groupings and the only book to explicitly show how his gardens and landscapes are made.
An intimate knowledge of plants is essential to the success of this approach and Planting: A New Perspective 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 plant charts and planting plans will help you choose plants for their structure, color, and texture as well as the way they perform in the landscape. A detailed directory, with details each plant's life expectancy, the persistence of its seedheads, its tendency to spread, and propensity to self-seed, is an invaluable resource.
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.
"Oudolf details for the first time the specific ingredients that go into his horticultural alchemy, and even includes original plans and plant charts."
– Elle Décor
"Establishes the 'new style' as a potent artistic and intellectual movement. This book has real meat. The liberal use of Oudolf's planting plans are reason alone to buy this book."
– Grounded Design
"The release of this book marks a watershed moment. We are offered substantially greater insight into Piet Oudolf's design process. [...] It is destined to be required reading for aspiring landscape designers, landscape architects and those interested in naturalistic planting design."
– Adam Woodruff, Designers on Design (APLD)
"It treads a well-pitched line in providing gritty information to the professional and the amateur alike. [...] It is fascinating to see this pinnacle of public naturalistic planting explained and contextualized."
– The Guardian
"Oudolf is eager to teach the rest of us how to recreate the effect in our home gardens. [...] Of particular interest are the book's detailed planting plans, which show how Oudolf [...] deliberately creates a 'layered look' that looks unstudied and provides year-round interest."
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Piet Oudolf is among the world's most innovative garden designers and a leading exponent of naturalistic planting, a style that takes inspiration from nature but employs artistic skill in creating planting schemes. Oudolf's extensive work over 30 years of practice includes public and private gardens all over the world. He is best known for his work on the High Line and Battery Park in New York, the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park, Potters Field in London, and his own private garden at Hummelo in the Netherlands.
Noel Kingsbury, well known as a designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and environment, has played a major role in popularizing a more naturalistic and sustainable planting style since the mid 1990s. For his doctorate from the University of Sheffield he applied plant ecology science to the selection and management of ornamental perennials, and he continues to engage in active research. He is the author of Hidden Histories: Trees.