Garden design is less rule-bound than it once was, but many novices approach it with trepidation. By bringing a refreshingly relaxed attitude to a well-worn topic, Cohen and Ondra give it friendly appeal. Both are professional designers and private enthusiasts who believe "you don't really know a plant until you've killed it." Readers who follow their ample, practical advice are much more likely to create beautiful gardens than to kill many plants, and even experienced gardeners will pick up some tips. First, the authors "demystify" perennial design, explaining how to approach a project, choose plants, plan the design and add details for extra appeal. They then explain how to "put perennials to work," focusing on specific designs and including handsome color sketches, schematic plans and lush photographs. Each of their designs accomplishes a goal—solving a problem with site conditions (e.g., excessive shade or sun), achieving a desired color effect, maximizing seasonal impact—and comes with a detailed list of recommended plants and alternate selections. Finally, in the "From Theory to Practice" section, they document the two-year histories of a new border, a major expansion and a garden renovation. The conversational text and photographs comparing early plantings with second-year results are great confidence builders for neophytes. Helpful appendixes include a zone map, a comprehensive plant list in an easy-to-use chart format and a reading list.
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Just when it seems there couldn't possibly be anything original to say on the subject of perennial-garden design, along come two authors with a breezy style, down-to-earth advice, and a refreshingly open approach to prove you wrong. Cohen and Ondra bring their lifelong personal and professional passion to the creation of a design manual that tells both the novice and experienced gardener what to do, what to use, and just about anything else one would need to know to create vivid designs. Presented in a conversational, understandable manner, the authors' liberal use of puns, quips, and catchy phrases also makes the book a joy to read. Especially helpful are 20 original, plant-by-numbers designs addressing a variety of garden challenges; and thoughtful information about garden renovation will be savored by new homeowners who have inherited someone else's mistakes, or established gardeners weary of their current landscaping. Plant charts, reading lists, and detailed descriptions of more than 475 perennials round out this welcome addition to any garden library. Carol Haggas
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I have met the author at a lecture she gave and have visited her personal garden. She has a very practical, yet informative approach to design. Read morePublished 2 months ago by salud, amor y pesetas
Photos and diagrams not viewable/readable in Kindle edition. Otherwise content is useful. I don't understand why it is so hard to make photos that are legible in the Kindle... Read morePublished 7 months ago by West Coast Paddler
Great for a beginner that has made many mistakes in achieving a desirable backyard. This book has provided me with the advice that I've lacked by not having a gardening mentor. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul H. Brill
The book arrived in the condition as advertised. The book is a delight to read and very informative. Very satisfied with this purchase.Published 17 months ago by Lisa
I like real pictures and would like the actual flowers, shrubs, etc used to be specified.
The pictures are an inspiration, but i have plenty of those.
Well laid out in understandable language. Good for a beginner as well as the more experienced gardener. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bev Moss