A guiding light in the international community of garden designers, Oudolf teams up with Gerritsen, a leading garden writer in the Netherlands, to present their stylistic approach to natural gardening. Gardeners wishing to ride the so-called Dutch Wave will find here a key to essential components, and Oudolf defines his aesthetic in an exuberant intermingling of tough yet showy plants. Perennial standbys like achilleas and artemisias feature, along with such common herbs as borage and bee balm. Named cultivars and specific species are highlighted to indicate the very best specimens for the ultimate in visual interest, and mixing it up is what it's all about, along with year-round beauty and benefit. Grasses appear prominently, bringing to the fore highly textural forms and gorgeous inflorescences. Various habitats are addressed, including arid and moist alpine, with a further range of situations covering ornamental gardening trends, and helpful listings of plant properties. All in all, Oudolf and Gerritsen offer a savory sourcebook. Alice Joyce
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—Anne Raver, New York Times, July 15, 2004 (The New York Times)
"Anyone who longs to move beyond the basics will marvel at this book for its fresh notion of a natural garden that holds up without looking weedy."
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