Contemporary Color in the Landscape: Top Designers * Inspiring Ideas * New Combinations

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Color is the first and most important design choice a garden designer makes. Over the past decade, landscape architects and garden designers have moved away from the more sedate shades commonly found in traditional gardens and have used plants and hardscape to experiment with explosions of color. From the layered and textural colors of Piet Oudolf to the high contrast colors of Tom Stuart Smith, this increased focus on color is a trademark of today’s leading designers.

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Overview


Color is the first and most important design choice a garden designer makes. Over the past decade, landscape architects and garden designers have moved away from the more sedate shades commonly found in traditional gardens and have used plants and hardscape to experiment with explosions of color. From the layered and textural colors of Piet Oudolf to the high contrast colors of Tom Stuart Smith, this increased focus on color is a trademark of today’s leading designers.

Contemporary Color in the Landscape explores the whole spectrum of color: how we perceive and respond to color, how to design with color, how to manipulate contrast and create intensity with saturation, how to maximize impact by minimizing color, how to find your own personal color combinations, and how color is viewed in nature. In gorgeous, color-drenched photos Andrew Wilson showcases the work of leading garden designers as inspiring examples of the way color is used. Innovative gardens from all over the world help the reader visualize the core color lessons throughout the book.

Supported by more than 300 stunning photographs, Contemporary Color in the Landscape integrates cutting-edge designers, their landscapes, color theory, new design ideas, and gorgeous photography into one inspirational, instructional, and must-have guide for design professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

Phoenix Home and Garden
Author Andrew Wilson uses examples of award winning landscape designs to help readers achieve gardens that best suit their individual styles.
— LeeAnn DiSanti
Reference and Research Book News
“…Well-Organized And Abundantly Illustrated…”
Choice
“This book … will surely inspire readers with new ideas. Recommended.”
American Reference Books Annual

“This book … will surely inspire readers with new ideas. Recommended.”
Phoenix Home and Garden - LeeAnn DiSanti

This gorgeously illustrated guide offers a thorough introduction to the topic for both gardening pros and serious home gardeners.
Reference and Research Book News - Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Author Andrew Wilson uses examples of award winning landscape designs to help readers achieve gardens that best suit their individual styles.
Choice

“…Well-Organized And Abundantly Illustrated…”
From the Publisher

"A visual feast of geometric shapes and flora, Wilson’s work coordinates art and architecture with stunning gardens."
Library Journal
British landscape designer Wilson (founding director, London Coll. of Garden Design; The Book of Garden Plans), who contributes regularly to Gardens Illustrated magazine, believes color is the key element of any well-designed garden; the problem is that not everyone knows how to use color effectively. Wilson sets out to correct this deficiency by providing a detailed discussion of the principles of color theory and how those principles can be translated into stunning landscapes. He presents the full spectrum of color possibilities, rather than limiting himself to those ordinarily considered in conventional gardens. VERDICT While the majority of examples in the book come from European gardens, American gardeners will still find plenty of inspiration. Landscape design professionals will probably glean more from Wilson's philosophical tone and rigorously methodical approach than will weekend gardeners, who may find a more practical guide such as P. Allen Smith's Colors for the Garden a better match. Nonetheless, this gorgeously illustrated guide offers a thorough introduction to the topic for both gardening pros and serious home gardeners.—John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929966
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Wilson is a garden and landscape designer with the Wilson McWilliam Studio, London and Surrey, England.  He is also founder and director of garden design studies at The London College of Garden Design based in Regent’s Park, London, and is chair of assessors for the Royal Horticultural Society, judging the gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

His previous books are Influential Gardeners: Shaping Today’s Style (Mitchell Beazley 2002), The Book of Plans for Small Gardens (Mitchell Beazley 2007), and The Book of Garden Plans (Mitchell Beazley 2008). In 2009, he contributed to the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design and he writes regularly for Gardens Illustrated.

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