Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations

Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations

Book - 2008 | Fully rev. and expanded ed.
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A comprehensive and practical guide -- essential.

Even the experienced gardener can be stumped when considering which plants to put where. Confidence in working with plant combinations can mean the difference between a mediocre garden and one that sings. The Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations is the perfect tool to help gardeners create a stunning garden. Rich with inspiration and practical advice, the expanded and updated edition includes:

An 18-page analysis on combining plants according to location, soil, climate and seasons An 18-page analysis of planting styles, with instructions on how to re-create many of the combinations shown in the book -- perennials, meadow planting, matrix planting, grasses and more 12 pages on the leading innovators in combination planting, including Piet Oudolf, Penelope Hobhouse and Beth Chatto An additional 300 color photographs Garden designers' signature combinations -- and why they work An updated easy-to-use layout that features more prominent at-a-glance symbols and spotlights plant characteristics and cultivation requirements.

This comprehensive directory and cultivation guide provides 4,000 combinations for beautiful and successful plantings, with entries fully cross-referenced. With authoritative and imaginative text, superb photographs and thousands of planting combinations, the Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations is ideal for gardeners at all experience levels.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2008.
Edition: Fully rev. and expanded ed.
ISBN: 9781554073702
Branch Call Number: 635.9 LORD
Characteristics: 464 p. : col. ill ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lawson, Andrew
Alternative Title: Planting combinations


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Feb 11, 2018

I get this book every winter in preparation for what to divide and put where, and to help make lists of what to get at plant sales and nurseries - it gets me excited for spring. The book includes trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs and will often have heirloom varieties that may have fallen out of vogue - I've found some wonderful annuals this way for which I subsequently have ordered seeds - most nurseries only stock what's popular. Often, particular cultivars will have alternates listed for creating either a different effect or to lengthen the display time. There are other editions of this volume, published in different years, all provide slightly different combos and all are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee on a winter morning.

Mar 24, 2017

There a few nice combinations in the book.
The best parts were the intro e.g. tips on use of white in garden
and the profiles of major garden designers.
Note a number of the plants presented don't grow in Ottawa.


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