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The Gardener's Palette

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Gardeners learn the joy of creating color in the garden with ease

Any gardener can transform a dull perennial patch into a visual paradise with the expert tips in these beautifully illustrated pages. Written by a trained artist, The Gardener's Palette offers inspiration and instruction on "painting" with nature's colors. With a simple introduction to the color wheel and basic color theory, green thumbs learn to use harmonies and contrasts in the garden as an artist does on ...

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Overview

Gardeners learn the joy of creating color in the garden with ease

Any gardener can transform a dull perennial patch into a visual paradise with the expert tips in these beautifully illustrated pages. Written by a trained artist, The Gardener's Palette offers inspiration and instruction on "painting" with nature's colors. With a simple introduction to the color wheel and basic color theory, green thumbs learn to use harmonies and contrasts in the garden as an artist does on canvas. More than 300 glorious color photographs­­many in close-up detail­­showcase brilliant uses of color in gardens both real and impressionistic, including masterpieces by Monet and van Gogh.

This accessible guide offers chapters on container gardens, explaining how to experiment to create simple and complex color schemes by arranging and rearranging plant pots. Sections on background colors­­neglected in other books­­explore the visual roles of greens, grays, and whites in the garden. There are even suggestions on using pots, fabrics, and other outdoor decorating materials to enhance nature's hues. This handsome volume makes a wonderful gift for anyone striving to achieve color confidence in the garden.

Sydney Eddison teaches gardening at the prestigious New York Botanical Garden and lectures widely. She writes regularly for top consumer magazines, including Fine Gardening and Horticulture.

Stephen Silk is an awardwinning garden photographer whose work graces the pages of leading gardening magazines, including Fine Gardening.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809298938
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/20/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Sydney Eddison teaches gardening at the prestigious New York Botanical Garden and lectures widely. She writes regularly for top consumer magazines, including Fine Gardening and Horticulture.

Stephen Silk is an awardwinning garden photographer whose work graces the pages of leading gardening magazines, including Fine Gardening.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xvii
1. Rediscovering the Color Wheel: Color Theory in Brief 1
2. The Vocabulary of Color: Speaking a Common Language 13
3. Nature and Art: Looking at Color 39
4. Harmony and Contrast: How Color Schemes Work 61
5. Garden Color Schemes: Thematic Gardens 73
6. From Collage to Containers: Experimenting with Color 91
7. Annuals and Tender Perennials for Containers: Choosing the Best 107
8. Appearances: The Way We See Colors in the Garden 121
9. Nature's Choice: The Benign Influence of Green 131
10. Gray: The Good Neighbor 145
11. White: Star Quality 159
12. Background Colors: They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait 171
13. Choices: Limiting the Means 183
14. The Magic Number Three: Another Way to Limit the Means 203
15. Borrowing Color Schemes: The Sincerest Form of Flattery 217
The Last Word 231
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