New naturalism Designing and planting a resilient, ecologically vibrant home garden

Kelly D. Norris

Book - 2021

"Naturalistic gardens increase biodiversity, provide refuge for wildlife, and are an essential keystone for reconnecting the human world to the natural one. Knowing how to create a lush, thriving, and ecologically vibrant landscape might seem intimidating and out of reach, but horticulturist Kelly Norris and New Naturalism are here to help you design and plant a stunning oasis of nature-inspired plantings that thrive."--Back cover

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Subjects
Genres
Instructional and educational works
Published
Beverly, MA : Cool Springs Press 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Included index.
Physical Description
208 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
0760368198
9780760368190
Main Author
Kelly D. Norris (author)
  • The nature of planting : about plants and place
  • Planting palettes : a few words about the palettes.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

In New Naturalism, horticulturist Kelly D. Norris shows readers how to design and plant eco-friendly, naturalistic home gardens that are resilient and sustainable, distilling complex design principals down for the average homeowner.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Recreate the wild beauty and thriving ecology of meadows, prairies, woodlands, and streamsides in your own garden. In New Naturalism, horticulturist and modern plantsman Kelly D. Norris shares his inspiring, ecologically sound vision for home gardens created with stylish yet naturalistic plantings that mimic the wild spaces we covet—far from the contrived, formal, high-maintenance plantings of the past. Through a basic introduction to plant biology and ecology, you’ll learn how to design and grow a lush, thriving home garden by harnessing the power of plant layers and palettes defined by nature, not humans.The next generation of home landscapes don’t consist of plants in a row, pruned to perfection and reliant on pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides to survive. Instead, today’s stunning landscapes convey nature’s inherent beauty. These gardens are imbued with romance and emotion, yet they have so much more to offer than their gorgeous aesthetics. Naturalistic garden designs, such as those featured in this groundbreaking new book, contribute to positive environmental change by increasing biodiversity, providing a refuge for wildlife, and reconnecting humans to nature. In the pages of New Naturalism you’ll find: Planting recipes for building meadows, prairies, and other grassland-inspired open plantings even in compact, urban settingsNature-inspired ways to upgrade existing foundation plantings, shrub beds, and flower borders to a wilder aesthetic while still managing the spaceInspiration for taking sidewalk and driveway plantings and turning them into visually soft, welcoming spaces for humans and wildlife alikeIdeas for turning shady landscapes into canopied retreats that celebrate nature Creative ways to make an ecologically vibrant garden in even the smallest of spacesNew Naturalism approaches the planting beds around our homes as ecological systems. If properly designed and planted, these areas can support positive environmental change, increase plant and animal diversity, and create a more resilient space that’s less reliant on artificial inputs. And they do it all while looking beautiful and improving property values.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In New Naturalism, horticulturist and modern plantsman Kelly D. Norris shares his inspiring, ecologically sound vision for home gardens created with stylish yet naturalistic plantings that mimic the wild spaces we covet, such as meadows, prairies, woodlands, and streamsides'far from the contrived, formal, high-maintenance plantings of the past. Through a basic introduction to plant biology and ecology, you'll learn how to design and grow a lush, thriving home garden by harnessing the power of plant layers and palettes defined by nature, not humans. The next generation of home landscapes don't consist of plants in a row, pruned to perfection and reliant on pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides to survive. Instead, today's stunning landscapes convey nature's inherent beauty. These gardens are imbued with romance and emotion, yet they have so much more to offer than their gorgeous aesthetics. Naturalistic garden designs, such as those featured in this groundbreaking new book, contribute to positive environmental change by increasing biodiversity, providing a refuge for wildlife, and reconnecting humans to nature.    In the pages of New Naturalism you'll find:  Planting recipes for building meadows, prairies, and other grassland-inspired open plantings even in compact, urban settingsNature-inspired ways to upgrade existing foundation plantings, shrub beds, and flower borders to a wilder aesthetic while still managing the spaceInspiration for taking sidewalk and driveway plantings and turning them into visually soft, welcoming spaces for humans and wildlife alikeIdeas for turning shady landscapes into canopied retreats that celebrate nature Creative ways to make an ecologically vibrant garden in even the smallest of spacesNew Naturalism approaches the planting beds around our homes as ecological systems. If properly designed and planted, these areas can support positive environmental change, increase plant and animal diversity, and create a more resilient space that's less reliant on artificial inputs. And they do it all while looking beautiful and improving property values.