Landscaping With Herbs

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This book is a veritable treasure-trove of garden, landscaping and herbal information and lore, presenting a variety of landscaping designs complete with layout plans. James Adams includes descriptions of the more than 600 herbs incorporated in the plans, recipes, medicinal uses, cultural requirements, herbs for a fragrant garden, useful charts and tables, and splendid line drawings and illustrations. This is a book that herb enthusiasts as ...

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Overview

This book is a veritable treasure-trove of garden, landscaping and herbal information and lore, presenting a variety of landscaping designs complete with layout plans. James Adams includes descriptions of the more than 600 herbs incorporated in the plans, recipes, medicinal uses, cultural requirements, herbs for a fragrant garden, useful charts and tables, and splendid line drawings and illustrations. This is a book that herb enthusiasts as well as general gardeners will want to have on their shelves.

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This paperback edition of a hardcover published in 1987 presents six types of gardens (fragrant, formal, beneficial insect-attracting, informal, contemporary, and wild); describes some 600 species and cultivars of herbs that for each such garden type; and offers ideas and suggestions for using the herbs in the settings described. Includes recipes, selection charts, color photographs, and line-drawn diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881925142
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/24/2009
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,304,613
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES ADAMS, CEO and founder of BeeAudio, is the narrator of over 100 audiobooks, author of 14 bestselling books on international affairs, and former journalist and managing editor of the London Sunday Times. His distinctive British accent can also be heard on a a morning news show he hosts for public radio.

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"The Fragrant Garden"A fragrance is merely one component of a plant's arsenal of chemicals that protect and defend it. An herb releases a fragrance as a measure to ensure its reproductive success. Like petal colors, flower odors attract pollinators--moths, flies, butterflies, wasps and many birds. On the other hand, fragrant foliages act as cautionary signs to animals indicating that this plant is not to be nibbled. Quite often these foliages have a disagreeable taste reinforcing the signal to browsers and grazers.

Two such chemicals that have ulterior motives are camphor, produced by some of the Artemisias, and methylepijasmonate, the major scent-producing chemical in the flowers of Jasmine. Camphor is allelopathic. It is an herbicide that when washed to the ground, effectively kills germinating seeds around the plant, thus eliminating herbaceous competition. Methylepijasmonate is one of the most highly regarded fragrant chemicals. It is a scent particularly attractive to many flying insects. Although man does not resemble a bug in any way, human chemistry also utilizes this attractant scent. We do not understand it, but the fragrance apparently evolved over many millions of years to lure and is so successful that even man finds these scents enticing, and uncommonly attractive often to the point of being sensually arousing.

"Formal Gardens for Beauty "The fifth principle for constructing any formal design is that the formal garden must be isolated within the landscape. It must be surrounded by a barrier which sharply delineates it from its surroundings and restricts entry. It may be either framed so it is visible from without or enclosed for complete privacy. Theframe might be wattle, picket, ranch or rail fencing, a low to medium height hedge, or a stone wall that doubles as a sitting bench. It might be enclosed by a board fence, brick wall or a tall trellis clothed in a thicket of vines and espaliered herbs, depending upon the site and the intentions of the gardener.

The enclosed formal garden is referred to as the Hortus Conclusus, literally, a contained garden. Those of the 12th century are little different from the enclosed patio of today, provided there are herbs and potted plants within. The smaller formal pleasure gardens originated as extended rooms located within the inner bailey of a castle, the grounds adjacent to the door of a castle keep's bedchamber or hall. The herber and an orchard would surround the keep, but still be within the castle walls, tucked into a part of the outer bailey. Smaller castles with little room for gardens or those situated on unsuitable soils placed the garden a short walk from the main gate and, if possible, visible from a tower window for entertainment, or from the barbicans for protection. These gardens were fenced within wattle, stone, wooden palisades (thick boards nailed side-by-side), or impenetrable shrubbery such as that about which King James I wrote as he gazed from his jail cell window overlooking the garden outside the castle wall:

And Hawthorn hedges knit
That no one, though he were walking by
Might there within scarce anyone espy.
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