Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations

Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations

Book - 2008 | Fully rev. and expanded ed.
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This is the reference book your library can't do without.
-- Garden Design

A comprehensive, easy-to-use guide on how to mix and match for successful plant harmony.

All gardeners have favorite plants, but they often get stumped when it comes to knowing which plants to put beside those favorites. Making the right decision 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. New gardeners will learn the principles of mixing and matching color, texture, form and foliage, and experienced gardeners will find fresh inspiration. Over 1,000 lush photographs demonstrate the visual effects of suggested combinations and a new flexibound format makes the book easy to use.

This inspiring planting guide features:

More than 4,000 combinations for beautiful and successful plantings Over 1,000 plant descriptions with full color photographs and cultivation needs Extensive information on suggested combinations and complementary plants Thoroughly cross-referenced for easy navigation At-a-glance symbols How to assess a site, choose plants and plant borders How to combine form, color, texture, size and foliage How to combine plants according to location, soil, climate and seasons Includes small trees and shrubs, climbers, roses, perennials, bulbs and annuals.

With authoritative text, imaginative guidance, and superb photographs of hundreds of planting combinations, The Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations is an exciting sourcebook for gardeners of all experience levels.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2008.
Edition: Fully rev. and expanded ed.
ISBN: 9781554079971
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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