Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space

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Home gardeners with a keen interest in design, as well as professional landscape designers, will find invaluable advice in this new approach. The book focuses on the general principles behind creating successful and beautiful plant combinations in both time and space — working with perennials in the context of trees, shrubs, and the surrounding landscape. The authors suggest looking across, into, and through the landscape. They ask the reader to consider the rhythms and connections in their designs, through such...
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Overview


Home gardeners with a keen interest in design, as well as professional landscape designers, will find invaluable advice in this new approach. The book focuses on the general principles behind creating successful and beautiful plant combinations in both time and space — working with perennials in the context of trees, shrubs, and the surrounding landscape. The authors suggest looking across, into, and through the landscape. They ask the reader to consider the rhythms and connections in their designs, through such elements as echoes, linkages, and repetitions. More than just theory, Planting Design includes practical discussion of topics such as soil preparation, plant selection, and garden maintenance. Exceptional photographs show growth of a designed landscape over time, opening the gardener to new ways of seeing and thinking about their landscapes.
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Editorial Reviews

Horticulture
"Piet Oudolf and Noël Kingsbury have accomplished quite a feat with Planting Design — they have written a gardening book that tackles theoretical questions and the practicalities of gardening with equal aplomb."
—Erin Kappeler, Horticulture, September 2006
American Gardener
"Excellent as an advanced course in Oudolf's "New Wave" planting movement that advocates choosing plants that are in harmony with the surrounding landscape, are well adapted to the native soil and growng conditions, and that will develop beautifully over time."

American Gardener, May/June 2006

Seattle Times
"I spent the first few minutes with this book wondering how they ever determined which of these high-powered plantsmen would have his name first on the cover."
—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times, September 16, 2005
Seattle Times
"I spent the first few minutes with this book wondering how they ever determined which of these high-powered plantsmen would have his name first on the cover."
—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times, September 16, 2005
Horticulture
"Piet Oudolf and Noël Kingsbury have accomplished quite a feat with Planting Design — they have written a gardening book that tackles theoretical questions and the practicalities of gardening with equal aplomb."
—Erin Kappeler, Horticulture, September 2006
American Gardener
"Excellent as an advanced course in Oudolf's "New Wave" planting movement that advocates choosing plants that are in harmony with the surrounding landscape, are well adapted to the native soil and growng conditions, and that will develop beautifully over time."

American Gardener, May/June 2006

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881927405
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/21/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 11.66 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Piet Oudolf is among the world’s most innovative garden designers and a leading exponent of naturalistic planting, a style that takes inspiration from nature but employs artistic skill in creating planting schemes. Oudolf's extensive work over 30 years of practice includes public and private gardens all over the world. He is best known for his work on the High Line and Battery Park in New York, the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park, Potters Field in London, and his own private garden at Hummelo in the Netherlands.

Noel Kingsbury is a well-known designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and the environment. His doctorate in horticultural ecology from the University of Sheffield focused on the selection and management of ornamental perennials and he is still engaged in active research in this field. Noel is interested in combining natives and non-natives in ecological planting schemes and a passionate advocate for sustainable plant combinations that require minimal intervention from the gardener. He trials plants and gardens at his home on the border between England and Wales and travels widely.

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Table of Contents

Nature and gardens 19
Ecology and habitats 34
Planting in space 54
Putting plants on show 83
The mechanics of planting design 100
Planting in time 122
Practicalities and maintenance 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

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    There are three main factors to consider in Planting Design: aesthetics, horticulture, and symbolism of plants. ¿Gardeners and garden designers seek inspiration from a variety of sources. Among these, nature is perhaps a relative recent choice, a reflection of changing attitudes toward natural world¿¿ Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury wrote. They continued to cover nature and gardens (use of plants with wild character, nature-inspired planting pattern, use of native species, avoiding formality, biodiversity, etc), ecology and habitat (ecological fit, visual ecology, etc), planting in space, plants on display, the mechanics of planting design, planting in time, and practicalities (soil preparation, plant selection, etc) and maintenance. Planting Design is the most important aspect of landscape education and practice. It is also a subject that is very difficult to teach or to learn. ¿Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space¿ can alleviate this problem. We need people to do research on Planting Design from different angles. Piet Oudolf is an innovative designer, horticulturist and plantsman, and Noel Kingsbury is an advocate of naturalistic planting. ¿Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space¿ is a result of their cooperation. It has 176 pages and many spectacular color interior photos. It is a great attempt with an emphasis on the horticultural aspect of Planting Design. Copyright 2007 Gang Chen, author of 'Planting Design Illustrated.' Non-exclusive rights of use granted to bn.com

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