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P. Allen Smith's Colors for the Garden: Creating Compelling Color Themes Hardcover – February 21, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400053420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400053421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

P. Allen Smith, a certified Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, is one of the best-known garden designers in the United States today. Host of the weekly syndicated television show P. Allen Smith Gardens, the public television show P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, and gardening reports on The Weather Channel, he also makes regular appearances on national morning news programs. An effective and popular spokesperson for the joy of gardening, Allen is the recipient of numerous national gardening communication awards. Visit him at pallensmith.com.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. sheth on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I expected more from this book given I own P. Allen Smith's previously published books P.Allen Smith's Garden Home and Container Gardens. But this book gave no additional information that wasn't already written in his other books. In addition, some of the photos were also repeated from his previously published books. Lack of information on how to mix and match colors in plantings made this book worthless. Basically what this book is, is just an encylopedia of plants categorized by color. I expected more!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Mccarroll on April 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The new book from P. Allen Smith is a lovely book full of clear pictures and advice that is useful and realistic while at the same time not being too restrictive. Many pages in the back of the book with plant suggestions and ideas and P. Allen's own advice using cool, hot and neutral colors as well as some of his own favorite choices. I have found this book very useful.
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By H+E on December 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Whenever I see a book on color in the garden, I avoid it, because I've had plenty of color theory and the books are always the same. This book did not look any different, and the multiple used copy at the library suggested to me that people did not find it useful and were getting rid of them. I don't know what made me pick it up, but I did, and found that even though there is the same old color theory, there were also some good ideas. I especially liked the plant combination suggestions - small watercolors that show some color combinations using specific plants. There are also nice plant lists. Even though I could have come up with these on my own, it is fun to browse through, and see what he uses. Sometimes it stimulates me to think of another plant, one I hadn't thought of yet, even though the plant he uses would not grow in my garden. Not a groundbreaking book, but one I'll keep on my shelf.
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By wiskota on August 27, 2013
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We have several of his books and have met him in person. Will purchase other books in the future. He is a very fun and enjoyable speaker and presenter.
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