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Designing with Grasses

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Designing with Grasses shows gardeners not just what grasses are available, but how to design with grasses in different settings, including meadows, lawns, green roofs, and more. Design ideas are supported by carefully devised maintenance techniques, design checklists that make designing achievable by gardeners of all ability levels, and lists of grasses best for a variety of situations, including low-maintenance, drought-tolerant alternatives to the traditional lawn grasses and grasses suitable for green roofs ...

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Overview

Designing with Grasses shows gardeners not just what grasses are available, but how to design with grasses in different settings, including meadows, lawns, green roofs, and more. Design ideas are supported by carefully devised maintenance techniques, design checklists that make designing achievable by gardeners of all ability levels, and lists of grasses best for a variety of situations, including low-maintenance, drought-tolerant alternatives to the traditional lawn grasses and grasses suitable for green roofs and erosion control. An encyclopedic A to Z of grasses includes profiles with information on growth and care.

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Editorial Reviews

The Garden

"[The author’s] knowledge combined with technical advice and great photography make this an inspirational book, suitable for all keen gardeners."
— Ian Bull

Reference and Research Book News
"[The author’s] knowledge combined with technical advice and great photography make this an inspirational book, suitable for all keen gardeners."
Landscape Architecture Magazine
“This clearly written and well-designed book will appeal to… landscape designers and gardeners. Two green thumbs up!”
The Garden - Ian Bull
"[The author’s] knowledge combined with technical advice and great photography make this an inspirational book, suitable for all keen gardeners."
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"A directory of grasses and grasslike plants is a useful reference."
Library Journal
This work is for gardeners who desire a less formal look requiring less maintenance than traditional turf lawns or who wish to breathe new character into their property. Lucas, owner of Knoll Gardens in Dorset, England, is a recognized authority on using ornamental grasses in the landscape. Although he writes from the UK, this is not a regional book; he includes U.S.-specific discussions and images. Designing with these versatile, adaptable, and often beautiful plants is gaining more attention in the gardening world. These grasses are generally low maintenance and often thrive under conditions where many other plants cannot. They can add texture, movement, and year-round garden interest or serve as borders, screens, and wildlife habitat. Lucas covers their various growing requirements and all aspects of cultivation, including the environmental benefits of growing ornamental grasses. Color photographs, informative tables, and a comprehensive directory of plants (including U.S. sources) round out his enjoyable and useful book. Many of the design applications are taken from grasses growing in their natural settings. VERDICT This clearly written and well-designed book will appeal to most landscape designers and gardeners. Two green thumbs up!—Deborah Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929836
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/12/2011
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 596,354
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Lucas is a highly respected plantsman who has worked extensively with the Royal Horticultural Society and has a broad and thorough understanding of grasses which he actively renews and develops all the time through traveling all over the world and seeing where and how grasses grow in the wild. 

His nursery, Knoll Gardens, specializes in grasses and includes four acres of spectacular show gardens. He travels to the USA several times a year to research new plants and exchange information with fellow enthusiasts.

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