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Designer Plant Combinations: 105 Stunning Gardens Using Six Plants or Fewer Paperback – September 3, 2008
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Perfect Combinations from America's Top Garden Designers
Put plants together in your own backyard using the best combination ideas from design professionals across the country. More than 100 stunning gardens inspire you to mix and match your favorite plants with confidence. Spark your garden-design creativity with proven groupings, test-planted and enjoyed by the experts. It's easy when every combination uses no more than six different plants!
The exciting ensembles include a variety of textures, colors, and seasonal displays. You will find chapters devoted to Perennial Partners, Masses of Grasses, Annual Acquaintances, and Ground Cover Groupies. There are plants for every preference and colors for every season, with alternatives for various climates. Choose your favorite and plant it as a gorgeous focal point in your garden or as a splash of fresh color in a small space.
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As mentioned elsewhere this is not a comprehensive resource for actual garden layout but a basic description of plans you may wish to plant to in the same patch of dirt.
Maybe worth it for the 1.99 that I paid but look elsewhere if spending more.
Scott has produced four stunning and very different books in as many years. He is a force to be reckoned with: I don't know anyone who wouldn't be beguiled by the pictures and enlightened by the text. You will be delighted to own this one!
Many of the plants mentioned will not survive deer or gophers or require regular watering and good drainage (always assumed as widely available) and will not last a full year once planted. OK if you have an interior walled garden with gopher wire mesh under the dirt with gravel and a French drain in place and a lot of money to spend getting the site ready for the plants.
No mention for the most part on the water requirements of the various plants and so a colorful combination may present problems if they require different soil drainage or watering schedules. No mention as to deer resistance of the plants which is also important in many areas. The hardiness zone is provided but this is not enough information as this rating only refers to the coldest temperatures during the winter months and excludes all other factors including fog, marine salt, maximum temps, wind, and soil types,
If you want to use native plants and ones that are drought tolerant or deer resistant or even need to know if the plants need shade or partial shade or certain soil ph to thrive then this book will be a complete let down.
If all you have is a flat area and can bring in your own layer of topsoil and water as much as you want and have excellent drainage then this book will work for you. If you have a hillside or want ground cover under oak trees or a riparian habitat then this book will be of very little value and require doing a lot more research on the plants mentioned to know whether or not they will flourish.
Most annoying is that the latin names for the plants was done in 4 point type face which makes it very hard to read them and the common name is not enough if going to a nursery to buy the plants.
Most of the pictures are taken as closeups of the plant so one cannot get any sense of how they would look in a garden setting which is the point of this book.
I understand what the author was trying to do but it is executed poorly for its intended purpose.
Most books of this nature either have pretty pictures, but limited information as to WHAT you're looking at in them, OR have great descriptions of the flowers, but no picture to accompany it... This book has both the gorgeous pictures I want and need, but also little "blurbs" about each flower shown in that picture.
Informative, interesting and visually attractive... This makes for a great addition to any gardener's collection.