Put Perennials in Their Place!
Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra are both thoroughly obsessed with everything about gardens and gardening with digging, planting ,designing, and creating great canvases of living color and texture. In this book they generously share both their passion and their knowledge about garden design. Their encouraging words, based on practical experience and the belief that there is more than one right way to createa garden, boost confidence and promote experimentation. After all, Stephanie builds her garden combinations around harmonious colors and contrasting flower forms, whereas Nan's love for colorful foliage leads her to feature dramatically contrasting leaf colors and textures. Along with design basics, they present 20 garden plans, as well as the before-and-after stories of gardens they've created for themselves and their families.
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About the Author
Stephanie Cohen, “The Perennial Diva,” has received awards from the Philadelphia Horticulture Society, was elected a fellow of the Garden Writer’s of America, and was named a Garden Communicator of the Year by American Nursery and Landscape Association. Cohen founded the aboredum at Temple University and served as the director for five years. She has written for Country Living Gardener, Blooms of Bressingham Perennial Program, American Beauties Program, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Magazine, Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, and Green Profit.
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 www.hayefield.com.
Table of Contents
Part One: Perennial Design Demystified
1 Getting Started
2 Selecting Your Perennials
3 Exploring Perennial Partners
4 From Dream to Reality
5 It's All in the Details
Part Two: Putting Perennials to Work
6 Problem-Solving with Perennials
7 Creative Color Effects
8 A Year of Perennials
9 Gardens for Special Effects
Part Three: From Theory to Practice
10 Building a Border from Scratch
11 Expanding an Existing Garden
12 Reworking an Old Garden
Appendix: USDA Hardiness Zone Map, Planning Chart, Recommended Reading, Please Don't Eat the Delphiniums!, Acknowledgments, Photo and Garden Design Credits
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a library person so I've checked out a lot of garden design and gardening books and didn't plan on buying one when I when in to Barnes & Noble. I was just browsing. Many books I've seen in libraries seem like they have too basic information, or the garden scales are overwhelming or the plans are ugly. This book is perfect. The aesthetic taste of the designs are naturalistic without looking messy, with a wide array of specimens used. It reads nicely and the garden photographs are great. Between the photos, sketches, and plant lists, you can actually get a great sense of what is being done in these gardens. There are great examples for all the different conditions a garden may be. It's very inspiring. I am definitely planning on stealing some planting designs to get good height, color and texture differences. And I went in looking for a wildflower field guide (which I also bought).
Very helpful.Not dry and dusty, but a fun read. Good solid information presented in a witty style. Gives gardeners permission to try new things and not feel guilty about making mistakes, a great reference for design.
The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer, by Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra, is a great resource for gardeners looking for design ideas, whether for creating a new garden space or renovating an existing space. The strength of this book lies in two areas: the sample designs with plant lists, and the detailed descriptions of two new gardens put in by the authors themselves.The sample designs are well done, and I really love the long description of what the design is attempting to accomplish. Additionally, each design in accompanied by a description of the plants used and alternatives are given for almost every plant. I also liked the sections in which Cohen and Ondra describe new gardens that they each put in. They tell the readers what worked, and why, and more importantly, what didn't work, why it didn't work, and what they did to improve the original plan.