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Succession Planting for Year-Round Pleasure Hardcover – Illustrated, January 1, 2005
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For one thing, Lloyd's long border at his estate at Great Dixter is 200 feet by 15 feet, so many of the effects which he finds practical are not possible in any garden likely to be owned by the bourgeoisie. Further, he gardens in England in perhaps the equivalent to Zone 8. Despite this, he is always looking to push the limits of hardiness with exotic plants. And outside of Britain and coastal Oregon and Washington, there is virtually nowhere in the English-speaking world where the winters are so mild, and yet the summers are not too hot for many of his plants.
So taken altogether, in any combination of 3 plants you might consider, it's a safe bet that 1 of them either can't be grown in your location, or will require extraordinary levels of coddling to get through the winter. At some level there's nothing wrong with that; who hasn't at least considered growing Dahlias or Gladioli, which must be dug up, but can then be stored in most basements? However, his planting schemes are more labor intensive than this. The semi-hardy and tropical plants he loves must be dug up, or have cuttings taken, and many are wintered under glass; to do this for all of his many varied plants, he apparently has at least 3 different temperatures in his greenhouses or cold frames.
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That being said, if I'd known that the author had inherited a generations-old garden and worked on it all his life, full-time, in Sussex, England, I probably would not have bought the book. There's no mention of the cost of a garden like his (400 years of compost), no awareness that some people can't garden full time, and no thought given to other climates or sizes or types of terrain. For him, a border is going to be 15 feet wide--for me, that's half my yard. And about half the plants he recommends highly simply will not grow where I live.
To be fair, this information was available in the listing--buried in the back link to Editorial Reviews, half-way down, or if one clicked on Look Inside and then read the back flap. Since this is a highly local gardening book, I would have liked to see that information front and center.
I will probably use a few of these ideas, and as I said, the book is a pleasure to look at and read. It's just not the content I expected or wanted.
This book however has been so fun to read -- and, yes the pictures are beautiful. It helps create a garden for each season, and it shows photos from the same garden each season. I've just planted based on some ideas in this book, so I guess I'll need to report back how it works out.
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I have always loved this book. It is my inspiration. Finally bought it and happy with it. For me, it is a good read anytime.Published on February 5, 2013 by Sporadic Consumer