Perennial Garden Design

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Perennials can form a key part of a garden's structure and are dynamic and colorful plants whose forms and textures can be used to alter moods and influence the way we respond to and use a garden. The first section of this book shows how to create garden schemes with perennials, and the second section looks at the best perennials for year-round planting and color effect. A third section considers how to use perennials in different styles of garden. The book is completed by a list of perennials for special ...
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Perennials can form a key part of a garden's structure and are dynamic and colorful plants whose forms and textures can be used to alter moods and influence the way we respond to and use a garden. The first section of this book shows how to create garden schemes with perennials, and the second section looks at the best perennials for year-round planting and color effect. A third section considers how to use perennials in different styles of garden. The book is completed by a list of perennials for special purposes, and an A–Z directory with practical tips on all the plants included in the earlier chapters.
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Editorial Reviews

California Garden
"The first part of this beautifully illustrated book discusses the principles of good garden design and shows how herbaceous perennials can add, in additon to color, character to a garden."

—Karin Kratz, California Garden, July/August 2006

The Charlotte Observer
"Should help professional designers and advanced amateurs aim for a higher level of perennial garden design. The stunning photographs show gardens at top form, beautifully arranged, and quite big. Yet they offer lessons in artful combinations of color, texture and form that could be brought down to a homeowner's smaller space."

—Nancy Brachey, Charlotte Observer, May 20, 2006

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Garden designer King (Gardening with Tulips) here discusses various design philosophies for creating beautiful gardens with perennials. He explores factors such as combining shapes and textures, employing rhyme and repetition, and outlining planting schemes. He walks readers through different kinds of formal and informal stylistic expressions, from the familiar (the minimalist approach, using a limited pallet of plants) to the new (the German ecological approach). His last section is an observance of each season in the garden with a small selection of key plants and ideas for creating themes by concentrating on specific plants and color combinations, with practical tips included. Throughout, sumptuous photos illustrate his ideas and suggestions. Overall, this is a good introduction for gardeners who are serious about following proper design rules but not for those looking for hands-on instructions or plant references. An optional purchase for public libraries.-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881927672
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael King is a garden designer, photographer, and author who runs a garden advice bureau from Amsterdam. He is constantly evaluating new garden perennials and new ideas in landscape and garden design, and his ongoing areas of research include the latest trends in planting design and the introduction of garden worthy perennials. A British native, he became immersed in his lifelong passion for gardens and plantsmanship while working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as secretary to the board of trustees. In addition to designing gardens, he has written many articles on plants and planting design and is the author of five books.
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