"Using mainly black and white drawings and photographs to illustrate principles, he prods the reader to think first of architectural concepts, forms and textures before considering color compositions. High marks go to the author for his presentation on the application of theory." (Chicago Botanic Garden Current Books and Book Reviews Web page; summer 2007)
"It is a ‘go-to’ reference for a variety of design topics from useful definitions of design fundamentals to more complex considerations of massing plants, structuring space, and deconstructing design compositions to understand how they function." (Landscape Architecture: The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects, February 2008, Vol. 98, No. 2)
From the Back Cover
—Holly H. Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden
"A unique blend of classic planting-design principles and ecological plant-selection criteria."
—Scot Medbury, President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
"After reading the book, you will be able to experiment with nature and use its myriad of facets to make your own original statement. You will be ready to take risks and design exciting and original gardens."
—From the Foreword by James A. van Sweden, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
"Professional Planting Design is analytical and inspiring, tackling the subject matter in a unique fashion by examining aspects through the eyes of a designer."
—From the Foreword by Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter
A comprehensive guide to the "high art" of designing mixed bed plantings
When done successfully, mixed beds represent the pinnacle of planting design—a living work of art in which small trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, bulbs, tropicals, and groundcovers combine to create a true feeling of place. Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings initiates you into the principles of planting design and helps you develop the ability to think about the planting design process, so that you can develop your own effective compositions that sustain multi-seasonal interest.
Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, Professional Planting Design covers the basics as well as the advanced concepts of planting design including: selecting plant characteristics, types of mixed bed plantings, structuring and composing mixed beds, creating mixed palettes for seasonal variation, designing in elevation and plan view, and choosing plants. You'll find coverage of design, landscape architecture, and horticulture interwoven throughout the guide, along with detailed steps for developing mixed bed planting compositions at a variety of scales for projects on both residential and commercial sites.
Clear and concise yet thorough, this book will supplement your talent with the knowledge you need to create harmonious mixed plantings in the landscape that will provide continual interest throughout the seasons.