Gardening with foliage first 127 dazzling combinations that pair the beauty of leaves with flowers, bark, berries, and more

Karen Chapman

Book - 2017

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Published
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
340 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781604696646
1604696648
Main Author
Karen Chapman (author)
Other Authors
Christina Salwitz (author)
Review by Choice Reviews

The authors have combined their talents and plant knowledge to produce an inspirational book demonstrating how to form foliage plant combinations into a framework for flowers, berries, bark, etc. Color, texture, and form are the main ingredients used in their 127 selections, illustrating their point that "great garden design" can be achieved by thoughtful choices. The book is divided into two main growing seasons: spring-summer and fall-winter. These are then subdivided into sections for growing in sun and shade. An understanding of growing conditions in terms of site, soil, seasons, and climate zones is part of the preparatory suggestions provided. The most important parts of this book are the superb and copious color illustrations of individual plants and groupings of plants. The text is informative, succinct, and very readable. Each selection includes a section entitled "How the Design Grows," followed by a description of the recommended foliage framework, and a final section labelled "Finishing Touch," which might include an especially attractive plant or even a sculpture or garden urn. This book belongs in every gardener's library and is suitable for a wide variety of readers; it is beautiful, informative, and highly motivational. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.--L. G. Kavaljian, California State University, SacramentoLeroy G. KavaljianCalifornia State University, Sacramento Leroy G. Kavaljian Choice Reviews 55:01 September 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

For all levels of gardeners, a simple, recipe-style approach to creating long-lasting gardens with year-round interest shows readers how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements to add the finishing touches. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Shares instructions and inspiration for garden design that will keep gardens looking their best all year long.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This guide shows beginning and advanced gardeners what to plant so the garden with be full of colors and textures all year long and in every climate, offering new ways of looking at plant combinations and design with color, texture, and form in mind. The book gives advice on using foliage plants with interesting leaves and barks as well as flowers, covering plants, shrubs, bushes, trees, and succulents. Suggestions are grouped in section on combinations for fall and winter and for sunny and shady areas. The book contains summary charts, key terms, and a wealth of color photos. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Create a foliage-driven garden that dazzles!   Although seductive, flowers, by their fleeting nature, are a fickle base to provide long-lasting gardens with year-round interest. Tackle this problem with the advice in Gardening with Foliage First. Learn how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements as the finishing touches. This simple, recipe-style approach to garden design features 127 combinations for both sunny and shady gardens that work for a variety of climates and garden challenges.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Gardening with Foliage First has something for every gardener—beginners will learn how to choose the right foliage plants, experienced gardeners will be inspired by fresh twists on old favorites, and everyone will be encouraged to create a beautiful, year-round garden.  

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Gardening with Foliage First has something for every gardener'beginners will learn how to choose the right foliage plants, experienced gardeners will be inspired by fresh twists on old favorites, and everyone will be encouraged to create a beautiful, year-round garden.