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Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden Paperback – September 16, 2009
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"Someday, I shall create the black-and-white themed garden I have been dreaming of; when I do, Black Plants will become muddy and dog-eared."
About the Author
Paul Bonine is a garden writer, lecturer, and co-owner of the wholesale and retail specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. A lifelong plantsman, Paul has worked in the nursery industry for nearly twenty years and has consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and the Oregonian.
Top Customer Reviews
I haven't returned a book to amazon or any other seller for many years, but this one didn't last 10 minutes out of the box before I printed the return label. I kid you not.
If all you want are a few closeup photos and some less-than-useful nomenclature. For example, Helleborus x hybridus is a large group of cultivars and colors - many more than than the disappointing black specimen in the photo. Good luck finding the dark flowering plant shown using the name "Helleborus x. hybridus").
A great resource book for planning such a garden is the newly-published Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden by Paul Bonine. (Timber Press, September 2009) This little gem of a book packs a planter's punch by giving essential information on 75 stunning plants that would be appropriate for creating either a themed garden or a smaller pocket of attraction.
With each plant description, characteristics are provided that aid in making choices for the garden: soil conditions, hardiness zones, growth habits and light requirements. Suggestions are given for companion plantings that show off each plant's unique traits. On the page facing each description is a beautiful photograph of the plant.
Growing plants with such dark colors could be seen as gloomy and unexciting, but when paired with contrasting colors such as lime green, a very dramatic effect can be obtained. Black Plants provides the necessary information to create such drama, but if you never grow a single plant highlighted in this book, it's still a fascinating read.
If you live in a year-around warm area, it might be worth it, otherwise, pick up a copy at the library before buying it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Black Plants covers some of the darkest colored plants gardeners can get ahold of. This book contains a good selection of plants that we call black, including some that are very... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Becky Thomas
This book is BS. It's just a long list of one page each with little info on each plant. Will serve well for cutting up and using for art or something, but you're better off on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ash
wonderful pictures...planting ideas. I have found it useful in planning a future garden. I am eagerly looking forward to implementing the new designPublished on March 14, 2014 by T. McNulty
Love this Book I have been adding more black plants to my garden & this book gave me great ideas in one place. :>)Published on June 21, 2013 by Java Junkie
For the past several years, I have been fascinated with black plants. While there is a limited number of them, after purchasing this book, I realize that there are more than I... Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by Benita Barnard