Designing with Conifers: The Best Choices for Year-Round Interest in Your Garden

Designing with Conifers: The Best Choices for Year-Round Interest in Your Garden

by Richard L. Bitner
     
 

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With blue, green, and gold foliage and shapes ranging from spiky to weeping, conifers have the potential to be garden design stars. But they are commonly misused in gardens and landscapes, leading to looming spruces squashed against a house or rows of kettledrum-shaped yews along a sidewalk. When used correctly and creatively, conifers can be star players in

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With blue, green, and gold foliage and shapes ranging from spiky to weeping, conifers have the potential to be garden design stars. But they are commonly misused in gardens and landscapes, leading to looming spruces squashed against a house or rows of kettledrum-shaped yews along a sidewalk. When used correctly and creatively, conifers can be star players in creating beautiful, long-lasting plant combinations or serene backyard havens.

Designing with Conifers shows readers exactly how to choose the best conifers for specific needs. Chapters cover shape, color, and conifers for specific sites and conditions, including front gardens, hedges and screens, topiary, dwarf conifers, shade gardens, Asian-style gardens, bonsai, and miniature railroad gardens. Also includes useful appendices that list of conifers for various problems and conditions, like conifers for areas plagued by deer and the best conifers for Christmas trees and Southern gardens. Each section is enlivened with gorgeous color photographs.

Whatever landscape situation or challenge a gardener designer faces, Designing with Conifers shows how to make the best choice from this beautiful, useful, and versatile group of plants.

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Editorial Reviews

Landscape Architecture Magazine
Richard L. Bitner wants designers to be creative with their use of conifers, and this guide is intended to help achieve that by describing species in terms of shapes and colors, to give landscape architects a better chance to envision a plant as part of a larger plan.
Fine Gardening
The book features a host of dreamy, conifer-heavy gardens.
— Ann Stratton
Reference and Research Book News
The book features a host of dreamy, conifer-heavy gardens.
Choice
“An idea book for using conifers in garden design … [that] will inspire professional designers as well as armchair gardeners. Recommended.”
The American Gardener
“An idea book for using conifers in garden design … [that] will inspire professional designers as well as armchair gardeners. Recommended.”
Fine Gardening - Ann Stratton
The book features a host of dreamy, conifer-heavy gardens.
Fine Gardening - Anne Marsh
Richard L. Bitner wants designers to be creative with their use of conifers, and this guide is intended to help achieve that by describing species in terms of shapes and colors, to give landscape architects a better chance to envision a plant as part of a larger plan.
From the Publisher
Designing with Conifers offers a great deal of practical information for creating harmonious landscapes that employ conifers to their best effect.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604691931
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/20/2011
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
625,336
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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