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English Cottage Gardening: For American Gardeners

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Thanks to the extraordinary photographs and gardening wisdom in this classic book, the elegant intimacy of the English cottage garden is a practical possibility for amateur gardeners in diverse regions of the United States.
The author has analyzed the aesthetic and horticultural elements in ten representative cottage gardens—eight in England and two in the United States. Her spectacular photographs render the look and atmosphere of these gardens, while her text focuses on easily...

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Overview

Thanks to the extraordinary photographs and gardening wisdom in this classic book, the elegant intimacy of the English cottage garden is a practical possibility for amateur gardeners in diverse regions of the United States.
The author has analyzed the aesthetic and horticultural elements in ten representative cottage gardens—eight in England and two in the United States. Her spectacular photographs render the look and atmosphere of these gardens, while her text focuses on easily grown, readily available plants that are adaptable to a wide variety of climatic and soil conditions. In the back of the book—completely updated for this new edition—may be found specific horticultural information on a wide variety of cottage garden plants commonly available in the United States, glossaries of Latin and common names, and a list of sources for old rose varieties. The gardens in this beautiful book are not those of the great estates of England, manicured by staffs of professional gardeners. They are, instead, labors of love on the part of individual homeowners, many of whom started with bleak, rubble-strewn lots and went on to create the enchanted settings pictured here.

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Library Journal
The eclectic sprawl of perennials, roses, shrubs, and vines that is the essence of the English cottage garden is a look much sought after by many American gardeners. Hensel, a photographer and contributor to Horticulture magazine, presents ten of these romantic and intimate gardens, eight found in Britain and two in the United States. The text combines personal stories of reshaping landscapes with more specific information on individual plants and plant combinations. Each chapter is complemented by lush color photographs and a bird's-eye sketch of the property. Source lists for roses, perennials, and bulbs are followed by cultural information on 75 cottage perennials, including the essential trio of hardy geraniums, lady's mantle, and catmint. That it is not necessary to ``know a potato from a peony'' to establish a cottage garden can be debated. But many garden enthusiasts will be inspired by the seemingly unplanned profusion of lupines, lavender, phlox, and hollyhocks found in these pages. Recommended for larger gardening collections.-- Virginia A. Henrichs, Chicago Botanic Garden Lib., Glencoe, Ill.
Alice Joyce
In this practical guide, Hensel maintains an uncomplicated approach to the planning and planting of cottage-style gardens, which are now all the rage. A number of exemplary but highly personal English and American gardens are documented in attractive color photographs by the author. Commonly used plants are introduced along with unique possibilities for their combinations and placement in garden designs. Budget considerations highlight inexpensive perennial choices, while interviewed gardeners share unusual cost-cutting methods. Hensel's lovely presentation and no-nonsense advice should prove helpful to anyone undertaking the creation of a cottage garden.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393047899
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 387,129
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Hensel is an accomplished garden designer, photographer, and writer whose articles and photographs have been published in numerous magazines. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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