Gardening with Foliage Plants: Leaf, Bark and Berry

Gardening with Foliage Plants: Leaf, Bark and Berry

by Ethne Clarke
     
 

Foliage plants take center stage here, revolutionizing the way we look at garden plants. Overflowing with practical planting ideas, 'Gardening with Foliage Plants' presents a new approach to gardening in which flowers are complemented by the subtle but often overlooked delights of leaves, stems, bark, flower bracts, and berries. See more details below

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Foliage plants take center stage here, revolutionizing the way we look at garden plants. Overflowing with practical planting ideas, 'Gardening with Foliage Plants' presents a new approach to gardening in which flowers are complemented by the subtle but often overlooked delights of leaves, stems, bark, flower bracts, and berries.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clarke suggests that gardeners concentrate on the contrasts of plant forms, leaf shapes and textures to solve the problems of shade gardening. In engaging, practical prose, enhanced by 325 photos by Clive Nichols, Clarke (English Country Gardens) leads readers through the principles of design with the main focus on form, encouraging an assessment of the environment and its landscaping needs before beginning to select compatible plants. A lesson on leaf forms precedes a discussion on combining textures and shade and coloring variations. While many of the examples illustrating design possibilities consider expansive stretches of landscape, Clarke also delineates the important contributions made by foliage and its distinct properties to smaller spaces, including containers. The plant directory is arranged by color, e.g., "Yellow, Orange, Red & Purple" and "Blue-Green." The short concluding chapter, "Bark, Stem & Berry" discusses plants with such notable features as the dogwood, Cornus alba, on which the bark of young stems is a brilliant crimson. Plants are also listed by site specifications. While Clarke concentrates on gardening in the English climate, readers will have little trouble adapting her comments to their own zones. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Emphasizing leaf shapes, plant forms, and varieties of color for garden harmony and design concepts, veteran garden author Clarke advises readers how to use foliage plants in designing a garden. In addition, he describes how to integrate specific gardens such as a bog or courtyard garden in terms of color and design and provides basic propagation information for the plants to be used in each area. Of particular merit is a directory that lists plants by color, reflecting the range of shape, texture, and color and varieties in leaf, bark, and berry. The photography of leading garden photographer Nichols is excellent. A basic book providing solid information; highly recommended for all gardening collections.Daniel Kalk, Enfield, Ct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789203304
Publisher:
Abbeville Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
11.31(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.79(d)

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