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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.
However, the problem for me is that almost all of the photos are close ups of the plants themselves, with no indication of what the whole garden looks like. Sometimes it's even hard to tell the size of the plant, since there's nothing to compare it to. If, like me, you're trying to decide where to put your plants, and how to arrange them in your garden, this book may not help very much.
My suggestion is that you first try to find the book in a library or bookstore and look it over before buying it. It's not a bad book in any way, just not what I need.
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!