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Fine Foliage: Elegant Plant Combinations for Garden and Container Hardcover – March 1, 2013
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It’s not just about flowers anymore. The big idea for containers and gardens today is foliage combinations— creating the perfect marriage of foliage colors, textures and shapes for year-round enjoyment. In Fine Foliage, garden designers Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz showcase more than 60 inspired plant partnerships. Each combination is given a two-page spread with color photographs of the grouping and the individual plants within it. Plant details include sun or shade requirements, seasons, zones, soil preference, and plant characteristics and care. Easy-to-use instructions allow gardeners of all skill levels to bring elegant, expert design and style to their gardens and patios.
Michigan Gardener, September-October 2013 issue
"Fine Foliage: Elegant Plant Combinations for Garden and Container does much more than celebrate gorgeous foliage specimens, which by now are enjoying the popularity once reserved for blooming plants. The book groups foliage plants (and the occasional bloomer) that have complementary and contrasting features–and can live together happily in the climate they were meant for. If you are looking for groupings based on color, texture, light needs, zone or any other characteristic, Fine Foliage makes it easy to find what you need. More importantly, these combinations have been proven successful by the authors themselves, who have tried many mixes before narrowing to these ones." (Sarah Ristorcelli Eye on the Garden)
Whether you are a landscape designer who creates containers for your clients or a home gardener, reading this book is a must. -Bobbie Schwartz, Bobbie's Green Thumb
Christina Salwitz is a design professional who successfully translates design principles into stunning plantings. Her ability to combine color and form creates beautiful garden tapestries. -Patty Dunning, Horticulture magazine content leader
Christina Salwitz shares her considerable design talents with fellow gardeners. Those looking to take their garden creativity beyond the usual blooms and into the realm of foliage composition will be well rewarded. -Eric Liskey, Deputy Editor, Gardens & Outdoor Living, Better Homes and Gardens
In her garden designs and containers, Christina conbines plants in ways that are simple yet asthetically delightful and innovative. Christina's work has made such an impression on me, whenever I see a leaf with great variegation, texture or vining, I think of her. -Debra Lee Baldwin, author of three books on using succulent plants in garden design
I only wish Karen Chapman lived close to me so that she could be my personal gardening coach. Rarely do you find a garden designer who not only can create dazzling plant combinations but also is able to teach the rest of us how to do the same. -Danielle Sherry, Senior Editor, Fine Gardening
Christina's container designs are bold and arresting. She is fearless when it comes to combining color, texture and shape in a small area. -Susan Cohan, APLD, Co-founder and Editor of Leaf magazine
Garden lovers, you now have the secret for creating the landscape of your dreams - the ones you see in magazines and wonder: 'How do those designers DO THAT? Christina and Karen show you how to look beyond the flowers and introduce you to the real stars of the horticultural world - LEAVES! -Ivette Soler, Garden designer and author of The Edible Front Yard
Karen Chapman's container designs prove that the eye of a talented designer can inspire a whole new appreciation for the amazing variety of colors and textures to be found in the beautiful but often overlooked world of foliage. -James Augustus Baggett, Editor, Country Gardens
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Top Customer Reviews
The photography in the book is beautiful and nicely illustrates the points. The overall layout makes it easy to pick up, take to the garden center, and really use. Not only do you get lists of plant combinations, you see a photo of the plants together and individual photos of each plant. You learn why the combination works--so you can apply those principles to other areas of your gardening and build upon your knowledge as you look at the book.
Fine Foliage is pretty enough to be a coffee table book, but small enough to be easy to tuck into your purse to take with you while plant shopping. Highly recommend!
This book is like horticultural eye candy--it's not often that I get a book and can't put it down until I see every page. The photography is so gorgeous, and the foliage combinations that Karen and Christina came up with are pure genius. I've long admired their work, and as a designer, it reminds me to up my game when it comes to foliage colors and textures. Thank you for a wonderful book--it will be a trusted resource for me as I put together not only my own landscape but those of my clients'.
Well, here is *just* the help you need. This book cuts to the chase. Christina Salwitz and Karen Chapman head straight to the design secrets that experienced professionals use with success time and again. Not only are there some great ideas and inspiration here that you can copy right off, but this book shares the foundation on which these masterpieces are based so you can start to turn out masterpieces your very own. Get this book and you'll be inundated with positive comments praise from your summer guests.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased my first copy of this book at the Maine Botanical gardens when we were on a Maine coast and harbors cruise, and thoroughly enjoyed it throughout the rest of the trip,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nurch
Love, love this book.! Inspirational pictures, detailed information that reflects first hand knowledge and experience. Beautiful book that I have practically memorized.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzanne H. Osborne
This has got to be one of my favorite garden books!! It's amazing. I live in zone 6, but like to plant things hardy to zone 5. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
A lovely book filled to the brim with combination suggestions for foliage plants. An absolute cracker!Published 6 months ago by Ellen Nieuwland
Fine Foliage is a wonderfully illustrated book filled with a rich mix of design images for your containers and gardens alike! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Valarie Clark
Fine Foliage is a beautifully designed book filled with resplendent plant combinations for containers and gardens. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Miriam Goldberger
Gorgeous photos but I wish there were more recommendations for northern gardens. This book seems to lean heavily toward plants that grown in Zones 7 - 9.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book if you live in Seattle or a similar climate. Not much good for the rest of the worldPublished 12 months ago by DesertYak