Foliage: Dramatic and Subtle Leaves for the Garden

Foliage: Dramatic and Subtle Leaves for the Garden

by David Joyce


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Foliage: Dramatic and Subtle Leaves for the Garden by David Joyce

From the subtle sensuality of bamboos and grasses to the dramatic impact of large-leaved exotics, leaves offer an astonishing repertoire of shapes, sizes, textures and colours for the garden. Foliage is both a revelation and a guide: leading gardening writer and planting adviser David Joyce analyses the characteristics of leaves and the overall form of plants grown for their foliage. He then explores the ways in which the dramatic and subtle qualities of leaves can be used to get to the heart of what makes foliage so valuable ornamentally in the garden.

Illuminated by dramatic photographs that highlight the wonderful characteristics of leaves, this exciting and informative new appraisal will encourage gardeners to look with fresh eyes at the true qualities of plants. It reveals how and foliage plants are major players in gardens today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781903845714
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Leaf shape and size12
Simple geometry14
Hearts and kidneys16
Eggs and spoons18
Straps and ribbons20
Lances and arrows22
Swords and blades24
Needles and threads26
Notches and lobes28
Toothed and prickly30
Hands and fans36
Feathers and filigree38
Leaf flowers40
Giants and miniatures42
Leaf texture44
Glittering and sheeny46
Tough and leathery48
Waxy and succulent50
Veined, quilted and pleated52
Hairy and bristly56
Silk, satin and velvet58
Woolly and felted60
Waved, twisted and curled62
Leaf colour64
Rich and dark greens66
Light and soft greens68
Yellow to gold70
Grey to blue72
Pinks, reds and purples74
Metallic lustres and tones78
Cool variegation80
Warm variegation82
Speckled, spotted and mottled84
Margins and undersides86
The plant88
Cones and pyramids92
Tiers and cascades94
Domes and mounds96
Tufts and clumps98
Mats and carpets102
Pencils and columns104
Shuttlecocks and fountains106
The garden108
Broad effects110
The seasons122
Selected foliage plants126
Plant care152

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