Planting design is the selection and use of plants to achieve a designer's objectives. There are now many new and interesting planting ideas and fashions, but municipal planting in particular and some gardens as well, can be pretty dire through lack of careful planting design. What is needed for all garden designers – who may well have come to design via a deep interest in plants – is an understanding of the basics of this vitally important design discipline: designs are three-dimensional, to be walked in and round, and viewed from all sides; designs will change over time; plants live and die and need to be tended for maximum effect; there is a huge choice of plants, a working knowledge of which takes experience. There are many pitfalls to be met in planting, therefore, which can be largely avoided by getting the basics of planting design right. The Basics of Planting Design will help designers to build a solid foundation for their future success and experience.
- The Design Process
- The Use of Plants
- Planning Planted Areas
- The Visual Qualities of Plants 1 - Shape, Habit & Texture
- The Visual Qualities of Plants 2 - Colour and Size: Plant Selection
- Planting Plans: Book List, Index
- Plants Listed in the Text