The Perennial Gardener's Design Primerby Stephanie Cohen, Nancy J. Ondra, Allan M. Armitage, Nancy J. Ondra
This substantial guide offers in-depth guidance for a wide variety of gardening sites and situations, with chapters on designing a new garden, redesigning an old one, putting in a new border, using perennials in a variety of problem siteswet, hot, shady, dryand how to create striking plantings for all four seasons. The initial chapters describe how to create a garden plan, selecting perennials, combining them with annuals, planning for color and texture, and other topics. In addition to color photos of gardens, the volume is illustrated with frequent two-page drawings of garden types accompanied by a description, plan, and plant list. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Meet the Author
Stephanie Cohen has received awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Perennial Plant Association, and in 2000 she was named Garden Commentator of the Year by the American Nursery and Landscape Association. She lives in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Nancy J. Ondra, author of Container Theme Gardens, is a garden writer and editor as well as the former owner and operator of a small rare-plant nursery. She is the author or co-author of a dozen gardening books, including Foliage (winner of the 2008 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society), The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer (winner of a 2006 Silver Award from the Garden Writers Association), Five-Plant Gardens, The Perennial Care Manual, Fallscaping, and Grasses. She currently gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and blogs at www.hayefield.com.
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I am a library person so I've checked out a lot of garden design and gardening books and didn't plan on buying one when I when in to Barnes & Noble. I was just browsing. Many books I've seen in libraries seem like they have too basic information, or the garden scales are overwhelming or the plans are ugly. This book is perfect. The aesthetic taste of the designs are naturalistic without looking messy, with a wide array of specimens used. It reads nicely and the garden photographs are great. Between the photos, sketches, and plant lists, you can actually get a great sense of what is being done in these gardens. There are great examples for all the different conditions a garden may be. It's very inspiring. I am definitely planning on stealing some planting designs to get good height, color and texture differences. And I went in looking for a wildflower field guide (which I also bought).
Very helpful.Not dry and dusty, but a fun read. Good solid information presented in a witty style. Gives gardeners permission to try new things and not feel guilty about making mistakes, a great reference for design.