Foliage: Astonishing Color and Texture Beyond Flowers

Foliage: Astonishing Color and Texture Beyond Flowers




Framing the edges of a peaceful garden retreat or serving as a background color to make your flowers stand out, foliage is an important part of any well-thought-out planting. In this fun and informative guide, Nancy J. Ondra shows you how to use foliage plants to add drama and structure to your landscape. Ondra’s approachable and easy-to-follow advice, along with Rob Cardillo’s stunning photography, will inspire you to employ foliage to transform your outdoor world into a dazzling mixture of colors, shapes, and textures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580176484
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 04/15/2007
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.46(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Nancy J. Ondra, author of Container Theme Gardens, is a garden writer and editor as well as the former owner and operator of a small rare-plant nursery. She is the author or co-author of a dozen gardening books, including Foliage (winner of the 2008 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society), The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer (winner of a 2006 Silver Award from the Garden Writers Association), Five-Plant Gardens, The Perennial Care Manual, Fallscaping, and Grasses. She currently gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and blogs at

Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants, and the people who tend them for more than 20 years. Formerly the director of photography at Organic Gardening, he now works for major publishers, horticultural suppliers, and landscape designers throughout the United States. Visit him at

Table of Contents

1 Exploring Your Options
The Foliage Factor * Finding Exceptional Foliage Plants * Creating Exciting Combinations * Growing Great-Looking Foliage

2 Go for the Gold
Getting Started with Gold * Gold in the Garden * A Palette of Gold

3 Rousing Red to Basic Black
Getting Started with Dark Foliage * Dark Foliage in the Garden * A Palette of Red, Purple, and Black

4 Stunning Silver, Gray, and Blue
Getting Started with Silvers, Grays, and Blues * Silvers, Grays, and Blues in the Garden * A Palette of Silver, Gray, and Blue

5 Marvelous Multicolors
Getting Started with Multicolored Plants * Multicolored Plants in the Garden * The Variegated Palette

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