No longer a technique just for apartment dwellers or novice gardeners, the use of ornamental containers on decks, patios, terraces, and in the garden itself can save time, space, and money, while offering experienced home gardeners unique creative challenges, site flexibility, and experimental fun.
Author and award-winning horticulturist Ray Rogers takes you on an engaging exploration into basic design principles as well as how to create focal points, use water, exploit the potential of empty containers, and more. Stunning photographs by Richard Hartlage provide guidance and inspiration, as well as visually explaining each principle. Gardeners at every level of experience will find inspiration and instruction in this comprehensive book.
|Publisher:||Timber Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||8.26(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.88(d)|
About the Author
Ray Rogers has won 397 blue ribbons and 88 top awards (including 5 Best in Show) for container-grown plants at the Philadelphia International Flower Show. After a career in public horticulture with the Morris Arboretum and the American Horticultural Society, he turned to garden writing, speaking, and editing. He is the author of Coleus and Pots in the Garden and the editor of several major gardening titles published by Dorling Kindersley. He holds a master’s degree in horticulture and is an avid hybridizer of Hippeastrum, better known as amaryllis. Visit him at www.showplants.net.
Photographer Richard Hartlage is an associate principal at AHBL, Inc., managing the landscape architecture division and working with private and public clients around the country. His garden designs have been featured in the New York Times, Horticulture, Traditional Home, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design, the Seattle Times, and other publications in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. Richard lectures regularly on gardening and garden design, while his photographs and articles appear in a variety of horticultural magazines and books. He is a contributing editor to Garden Design and author of the book Bold Visions for the Garden, as well as photographer for Plant Life: Growing a Garden in the Pacific Northwest by Valerie Easton. Richard lives in Seattle, Washington.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Container plantings are ideal for projects with limited planting areas. I have used pots in landscaping for multiple-million-dollar homes, churches, and sites where deep-root plantings are not feasible. The key of container plantings is to choose not only the right plants, but also the right pots for the right locations. ¿Pots in the Garden: Expert Design and Planting¿ is a great reference book for selecting the right plants and right pots for your garden. It includes 3 parts. Part One is about element of design (color, line and repetition, form and mass, space and placement, texture, focal points and the appeal of emptiness) Part Two discusses ¿bring it all together,¿ including designs that work, other sensory elements, expert container techniques, and choosing a pot Part Three explores plant groups for containers, including annuals, aquatics, bulbs, cacti and other succulents, climbers and trailers, perennials, tropicals, and trees and shrubs. ¿Pots in the Garden: Expert Design and Planting¿ has 248 pages and 240 interior color photos. It is a great reference book for selecting the right plants and right pots for your garden.
Author Ray Rogers asks, Why do gardeners want POTS IN THE GARDEN? First, potscaping handles limited space. The new, cluster-style developments are short on individual lawn space and long on communal forests, parks and playgrounds. Older neighborhoods may have larger lawns. But, secondly, everybody's short on time everywhere. Third, pots fight boredom. For they can be moved, just like furniture. Fourth, they grow what shouldn't be left loose in the ground, such as invasive cattails. And fifth, potscaping is artistic gardening what with the mixes-'n-matches of garden, plant and pot colors and shapes. Particularly helpful is a two-column checklist of plant/pot/spot priorities. Also helpful are the author's suggestions for the best potting candidates among annuals, aquatics, bulbs, cacti/succulents, climbers/trailers, perennials, tropicals, and trees/shrubs. Among my favorites are potting pitcher plants, rice-paper plants, and tulips with cordylines. The book's information is easily found by way of well-placed photos, well-organized chapter and sub-chapter headings, and helpful index.