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Steve SilkThomas Hobbs gardens out on the cutting edge of contemporary horticulture. Daring color combinations, foliage with startling hues, hordes of tender perennials, and big, blowsy tropical plants are just some of the ingredients that go into making his eye-popping garden in Vancouver. Hobbs is one of the foremost proponents of a visually striking style that's rapidly gaining favor among cognoscenti, and examples abound all over the Pacific Northwest and in many of North America's best public gardens.
Those who love it will delight in the inspiring, almost luridly colorful photographs that fill the pages of this gardening manifesto. They will delight, too, in the brief, essaylike chapters that are a virtual call to arms, an impassioned plea to liberate ourselves from the confines of stodgy, traditional design and to create our gardens with an electrifying sense of drama and flamboyance.
For trowel-wielding daredevils yearning to take the plunge, Hobbs delivers design ideas aplenty, to appropriate as is or to use as a springboard to realizing your own inner visions. So go ahead and take a look. Then, take a chance.
— Fine Gardening