From Publishers Weekly
A "balance between ornamental elements and a certain amount of 'letting go'" is the key to the successful natural garden, writes Kingsbury (The New Perennial Garden), and such harmony between art and nature can be achieved even in modest yards. The fundamentals of natural gardening-biodiversity, site-appropriate plantings and wildlife-friendly design-acknowledge that a garden is an ecosystem, one able to simultaneously please humans and sustain flora and fauna. In chapters that nicely mix explanatory text with color photos, Kingsbury walks would-be greenthumbs through shady gardens, backyard grasslands and dryer habitats, suggesting plant species and design ideas and offering tips on how to care for different kinds of plants in different kinds of environments. He even briefly covers "gardening without a garden"-plants that easily grow in pots and flats on rooftops-which many city-dwellers will appreciate (this chapter also features a call for more bat roosting boxes). A plant directory rounds out this helpful and inspiring volume. 150 color photos.
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A softer, relaxed quality characterizes the trend toward a more naturalistic style of planting. To show gardeners how to attain that mode, Kingsbury covers a variety of approaches aimed at both integrating the types of plants and creating the kinds of habitats that can transform a traditional garden into a wilder sort of setting. Attracting and benefiting wildlife is one of his goals here, but Kingsbury's attitude is rather more inclusive than that of purists dedicated to totally organic methods. Instead, he directs his considerable expertise to the presentation of situations ranging from woodland to prairie to semi-desert. Whether in a city or modest suburban yard, or a country environment, Kingsbury's sound advice orients gardeners toward thinking and planning in terms of an ecosystem as they develop a design scheme that joins together aesthetic elements and handsome plant combinations. Alice JoyceCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved