The creative shrub garden Eye-catching combinations for year-round interest

Andrew McIndoe, 1956-

Book - 2014

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Published
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press 2014.
Language
English
Physical Description
247 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (page 235) and index.
ISBN
9781604694345
1604694343
Main Author
Andrew McIndoe, 1956- (-)
  • The case for shrubs : an introduction
  • Choosing the right shrubs for your garden
  • Creating stunning planting effects using shrubs. Moods ; Styles
  • Plant directory
  • Planting and caring for shrubs.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Shrubs play a key part in gardening, as McIndoe so clearly explains in this guide highlighting their year-round beauty and low maintenance. He starts with the basics, including shrub choice, size, soil needs, and maintenance, then progresses to 15 garden styles, all displaying shrub combinations as main design elements. Nearly 900 color photographs provide examples of McIndoe's mood-inducing designs, which are created by choosing basic combinations with adjunct plantings and alternatives for each color-based personal setting. The stunning styles presented include the Cottage Garden, which uses primrose, honeysuckle, and holly, with hydrangeas used to expand and accentuate the scheme. The Mediterranean uses drought-tolerant plants for temperate climates, combining salvia, primroses, and English lavender, with added touches of ballotta shrubs or rosemary. A plant directory; alphabetical guide for planting and maintaining various shrubs, including container planting; suggested readings; and an index round out this comprehensive text sure to please gardeners who love perennials. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Englishman McIndoe studied horticulture at school, worked in the garden trade, and started three gardens from scratch; today he is managing director of Hillier Nursery and a regular award winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. He knows that shrubs in English gardens are not "big, boring beasts" but the most rewarding plants in the garden, far more than mere backbone, and demonstrates that intelligence in great detail. He defines shrubs as woody plants that don't die in winter in temperate zones and cheerleads for shrubs' hardiness, their year-round appeal, their wide variation of sizes, and lower care requirements. The book includes advice on choosing the right ones for the right places and combinations. Creating gobsmacking effects using shrubs means considering moods (cool and calming or indulgent? mellow and glowing or reflective?) and styles (coastal, cottage, and country, among them). His plant directory is rich and colorful; his instructions on caring for shrubs covers planting, pruning, mulching, and watering. McIndoe occasionally waxes personal, but his usual style is assuredly instructional. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Describes the benefits of planting low-maintenance, hardy shrubs to beautify a home and garden and offers tips for choosing the best types based on climate, soil type, and pruning requirements.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A professional garden designer describes the benefits of planting low-maintenance, hardy shrubs to beautify a home and garden and offers tips for choosing the best types based on climate, soil type and pruning requirements.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Although many gardeners rely heavily on smaller perennials, annuals, and bulbs, McIndoe makes the case for shrubs as a main element in garden design in this richly illustrated book. Shrubs are hardy, beautiful year round, and are extremely low-maintenance. McIndoe prepares readers to choose their own shrubs by introducing them to the basics including advice on selection based on garden size, soil and climate, and pruning and maintenance. He then helps readers focus selections by offering inspiration in the form of hundreds of different beautiful shrub combinations that complement fifteen different garden styles including cottage, tropical, and urban. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In The Creative Shrub Garden, author Andy McIndoe calls on his years of horticultural design experience to shine light on all of the innovative ways to stylishly work shrubs into your landscape. This is a new approach to planning your garden—by mood and style. Whether it’s an urban contemporary look, a cottage garden feel, or an uplifting an environment, The Creative Shrub Garden has a wealth of eye-catching combinations that bring new life to this classic plant. 

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Learn how gardening with shrubs can add permanence, structure, and presence throughout the four seasons.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

In The Creative Shrub Garden, author Andy McIndoe calls on his years of horticultural design experience to shine light on all of the innovative ways to stylishly work shrubs into your landscape. This is a new approach to planning your garden—by mood and style. Whether it’s an urban contemporary look, a cottage garden feel, or an uplifting an environment, The Creative Shrub Garden has a wealth of eye-catching combinations that bring new life to this classic plant. 

Review by Publisher Summary 7

In The Creative Shrub Garden, author Andy McIndoe calls on his years of horticultural design experience to shine light on all of the innovative ways to stylishly work shrubs into your landscape. This is a new approach to planning your garden'by mood and style. Whether it's an urban contemporary look, a cottage garden feel, or an uplifting an environment, The Creative Shrub Garden has a wealth of eye-catching combinations that bring new life to this classic plant.