The Gardener's Color Palette: Paint Your Garden with 100 Extraordinary Flower Choices

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Choosing color is one of the most delightful and personal choices a gardener makes. For one gardener, the shock of a garden full of pink and red is a picture of beauty. For another, white flowers may be more tranquilly inspiring.

The Gardener’s Color Palette
features ten plants in ten color groups and offers gardeners hundreds of opportunities to mix and match. Want a red garden? Choose the ‘Crimson Star’ columbine, the ‘Lucifer’ crocosmia, ...
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Overview


Choosing color is one of the most delightful and personal choices a gardener makes. For one gardener, the shock of a garden full of pink and red is a picture of beauty. For another, white flowers may be more tranquilly inspiring.

The Gardener’s Color Palette
features ten plants in ten color groups and offers gardeners hundreds of opportunities to mix and match. Want a red garden? Choose the ‘Crimson Star’ columbine, the ‘Lucifer’ crocosmia, and the ‘Gardenview Scarlet’ bee balm. For a metallic garden plant the Japanese cobra lily, the Chocolate cosmos, and the Kamchatka fritillary. Or, create a multicolored array by picking plants from each category. Plant profiles include a description, the common and botanical names, information about expected height and spread, bloom time, hardiness, and light and water requirements.

Combined with Clive Nichols’ stunning photographs, The Gardener’s Color Palette is an invaluable source of practical advice and visual inspiration.

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Editorial Reviews

Gardening By The Book
“This is a delicious little book that arrives just in time for spring planning.”
In The Garden Online

“This is a delicious little book that arrives just in time for spring planning.”
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“While Clive Nichols’ phenomenal photos were what attracted my attention, Fischer’s writing was what kept me reading … Fischer makes it clear that color is a joy that should be wholeheartedly embraced in our gardens.”
Library Journal
Color is the focus here as editor in chief of Timber Press Fischer (Perennial Companions) profiles 100 flowering garden plants in ten chapters arranged by colors (e.g., "Orange to Peach," "White to Ivory"). Fischer encourages the reader to embrace color in the garden and offers recommendations for companion plantings. Each plant entry features icons that represent light and moisture requirements, a pronunciation guide, size of the plant and bloom time, and appropriate horticultural growing zones. North American native plants are also noted. Fischer's engaging prose and vivid descriptions are accompanied by luscious photographs by Nichols. The book offers readers ideas for creating striking plant combinations in their gardens and introduces them to new plants. VERDICT With a smaller format similar to Timber's recent Black Plants, this will be of interest both to gardeners who are experimenting with new color schemes and to armchair gardeners who simply like reading about plants and enjoying the beautiful photography.—Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690842
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/24/2010
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Tom Fischer is editor-in-chief of Timber Press. Before moving to Portland, Oregon, in 2004, he was the editor of Horticulture magazine in Boston, Massachusetts. His experiences as a bi-coastal gardener and his inexhaustible curiosity about plants have both shaped his new garden, which in 2008 was profiled in the Oregonian. A prolific writer as well as an editor, his articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Red 11

Orange to Peach 33

Yellow to Cream 55

Green to Chartreuse 77

Blue 99

Lavender, Lilac, and Mauve 121

Pink to Magenta 143

Deep Purple, Maroon, and Plum 165

Brown, Bronze, and Copper 187

White to lvory 209

Chart of USDA Hardiness Zones 230

Index 231

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