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Choosing Plant Combinations: 501 beautiful ways to mix and match color and shape in the garden (Better Homes & Gardens) Hardcover – October 15, 1999
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The author, Cathy Wilkinson Barash, describes her book as "a non-designer's garden design book." Her idea, and it is a good one, is that pleasing gardens are built combination by combination. You don't need an overall scheme, but rather dozens of workable combos of two or three plants that, seen as a whole, make up a garden. All plants are clearly identified in 250 full-color photographs that illustrate ideas for effective combinations. Barash also explores the role colored and variegated foliages, architecturally shaped plants, and ornamental grasses play in creating pleasing, long-lasting combinations.
While the book's design (graphically lively to the point of excess) itself is questionable, the photographs are nevertheless lovely and may inspire gardeners to experiment, loosen up, and help them to worry less about using color. Nothing can set a mood or enliven a garden more than the bold use of color and form, and Barash's new book provides plenty of ideas to encourage gardeners to do just that, one plant combination at a time. --Valerie Easton
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Better Homes and Gardens; 1st edition (October 15, 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0696210142
- ISBN-13 : 978-0696210143
- Item Weight : 2.69 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.75 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've been too busy drooling at the photos to read, but this is one of the most beautiful-to-look-at gardening books I've seen this year.
Ideal if you are trying to design around a colour scheme, or just want inspiration to get started.