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Gardening with Foliage First: 127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More Paperback – January 25, 2017
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“Karen and Christina knock one out of the park with exceptional ideas for everything from large landscapes to tiny patios and containers.”—Tracy DiSabato-Aust, author of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants
“This is a useful resource for new gardeners testing their design teeth and for experienced horticulturalists looking for some new inspiration. Regardless of the reader’s experience and expertise, the recipe format is charming and engaging. . . . If you haven’t designed a “foliage first” garden before, Chapman and Salwitz have design recipes in hand, and a willingness to help and inspire you.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk
“A rainbow of opportunity in pot of gold at the library.” —The Daily Telegram
“Beautiful and plentiful photos show you exactly how the plants work together, and of course provide inspiration to try other combinations on your own. . . . this a book that no designer should be without.” —Garden Design Online
“Whether you have 20 acres or a modest patio arrayed with large containers, you’re bound to find exciting new design possibilities.” —The American Gardener
“There are two major reasons why I buy gardening books: I want to expand my knowledge, and I want to be inspired. The best books combine both aspects. Timber Press found a way to cut through the noise with a new book to be published later in January: Gardening with Foliage First by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz.” —Succulents and More
“If ever there were a recipe book for a huge array of plant ingredients, this is it.” —Petal Talk Blog
“With their new book Karen and Christina hope to give you the confidence to try new ideas, and in doing so, discover a fresh approach to creating plant combinations.” —Three Dogs in a Garden
“This lushly photographed encore is even more useful as the authors teach us how to see the color and texture in foliage shapes and tones and combine vegetative plant material to compose beautiful combinations.” —The Daily News
“This collection of 127 combinations introduces gardeners to the idea that a well-planned garden starts with a solid framework of foliage. Organized by season with options for sunny and shady locations, each plant combo includes design descriptions that will equip readers with the knowledge they need to get creative and devise their own.” —Garden Design
“With 127 inspired plant combos, designers and authors Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz make a convincing case for greenery over flowers in Gardening with Foliage First.” —San Diego Home and Garden
“Christina Salwitz—who’s a valued Green Profit contributor, as well as a garden coach and Garden Center Group service provider—teamed up with fellow landscape designer and garden writer Karen Chapman to pen Gardening with Foliage First.” —Green Profit
From the Back Cover
What happens to your yard when it’s not in flower? Does it suddenly become a sea of green? With the right foliage palette, your garden could shine with color and texture year-round. In Gardening with Foliage First, designer Karen Chapman and horticulturist Christina Salwitz offer more than 100 plant combinations that start with intriguing foliage schemes, then layer in flowers, berries, bark, and other finishing touches. The result? Tapestries of inspiration you can take directly into your garden, and designs that flourish in every season and climate.
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Anyone who wants to take a garden from mundane to extraordinary should read this book and refer back to it every so often in the future.
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