Catherine Ziegler offers more than 300 detailed examples of plant combinations, from simple to challenging, that can readily be incorporated in garden designs for every region. She uses a 16-color wheel to encourage greater sensitivity to relative differences in hue and tint, illustrated by nearly 150 color photos and 150 line drawings.
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Harmonious Garden: Color, Form, and Texture based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This gardening book has a very narrow purpose: to provide cultivar-specific examples of various color combinations of flowers. The introduction introduces the authors' 16-station gardening color wheel, which expands the blue and green section to account for nearly half of the wheel. Artists may find the notion that blue and yellow are complements a little odd (as opposed to purple and yellow, for example). The heart of the book is the first half: 149 photos of plant combinations, each of which receives a page of discussion, including identification of the cultivars pictured, the number of each plant needed to duplicate (or improve) on the effect in the picture, and the space required for that number of plants. The second half of the book lists cultivars -- no photos here, though -- suggesting additional associations for each. I can't imagine bothering to duplicate the associations in either part of the book, but the discussions of each photo offer a way of thinking about effective garden design. It's a little like reading a book of page-long reviews of paintings. The critiques may provoke better ideas for your own garden, or give greater depth to your appreciation of other gardens.