Designing with Grasses

Author: Neil Lucas

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 0881929832

Category: Gardening

Page: 276

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Grasses Offer so Much More than the flat, green lawns beneath our feet. In the garden, spikelets of Briza media flutter in the slightest breeze, tall-stemmed Stipa gigantea makes a beguiling divider, and pennisetums glow like fireworks with the sun at their backs. When chosen wisely and used with care, grasses can endow the garden with showstopping appeal---requiring remarkably little work in return. Neil Lucas explains how to bring the magic of grasses to even the smallest of gardens. Inspired by the great American prairies, African savannah and other wild spaces, he shows how to perfect the balance between grasses and other plants, choose sustainable lawn alternatives that virtually care for themselves, and showcase the elegant lines and intriguing textures of grasses to glorious effect. Planting grasses in the right place is critical, and Lucas lists top performers for drought, waterside, containers, shade and more. Along the way, he explains how grasses contribute to a greener world through their use in rain gardens, green roofs and for erosion control. With an extensive directory profiling more than 450 gardenworthy grasses, rushes and sedges, this lavishly illustrated volume offers gardeners a world of possibilities.

Gardening with Grasses

Author: Michael King,Piet Oudolf

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Limited

ISBN: 9780711212022

Category: Landscape gardening

Page: 152

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Ornamental grasses are among the most important plants used by garden designers. This book shows how to use them to transform a garden. Grasses lend an architectural quality to a garden; they provide texture, background interest and a year-round range of subtle colours. They are also highly versatile, hardy and reliable. Many are evergreen and some perform better in shade, particularly useful in awkward corners where other plants struggle. The distinctive appearance of grasses makes them invaluable in combinations with flowering annuals or textured perennials. A catalogue of over 150 varieties and cultivars gives details of the best ornamental grasses, sedges and bamboos for a wide range of garden situations.

Grasses

Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design

Author: Nancy J. Ondra

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 158017423X

Category: Gardening

Page: 143

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From spring green to winter gold, the drama of grasses is nonstop. One of the few books available that advises the gardener on how to uses grasses in the garden, "Grasses" features plans and practical advice for more than 24 unique gardens. The book includes an identification guide to the plants and features more than 150 color photos, illustrations, and landscape plans.

Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture

A Plant Design Sourcebook

Author: Linden Hawthorne

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 9781604691351

Category: Gardening

Page: 280

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Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture bridges the gap between garden design books and plant reference encyclopedias. Leading landscaper Linden Hawthorne looks at plants from a designer's perspective (where color is often a secondary consideration) and emphasizes the important roles of plant shape. Part One reviews fine art principles and shows how they can be successfully applied to plant compositions by grouping plants into three heights: ground to knee, knee to navel, and navel to crown. She identifies different plant shapes—buns, mounds, tiers, fountains, uprights—and shows how the use of them contributes to the success of the finished design. Part Two is a plant sourcebook with plants listed alphabetically within their key plant shape categories. This innovative plant reference delivers plant information in a form that neatly dovetails with the garden design process and will inspire gardeners to look beyond color and begin to appreciate the whole plant.

Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota - 2nd Edition

Author: N.A

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760341184

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

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This new and updated edition of Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota combines the practicality of a field guide with all the basic information homeowners need to create an effective landscape design. The plant profiles section includes comprehensive descriptions of approximately 150 flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, evergreens, grasses, and ferns that grew in Minnesota before European settlement, as well as complete information on planting, maintenance, and landscape uses for each plant. The book also includes complete information on how to garden successfully in Minnesota’s harsh climate and how to install and maintain an attractive, low-maintenance home landscape suitable for any lifestyle.

Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses

Expert Plant Choices and Dramatic Combinations for Year-round Gardens

Author: N.A

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 088192931X

Category: Gardening

Page: 208

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Describes more than four hundred perennials and grasses, providing information on each plant's origins, preferred conditions, and planting zones.

Designing with Plants

Author: Piet Oudolf,Noel Kingsbury

Publisher: Conran Octopus

ISBN: 9781840915266

Category: Color in gardening

Page: 160

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Piet Oudolf's gardens excite the senses and stir the emotions. Representing a giant step forward from the conventional colour-themed border, this new approach to gardening gives just as much emphasis to form, texture, light and movement as it does to colour. Individual plants are used as harmonious elements in luxuriant and atmospheric plantings. Written in collaboration with Noël Kingsbury, Designing with Plants is an informative and visually breathtaking study of Piet Oudolf's planting theory and practice, and it provides all the advice necessary to create the same effects in your own garden.Beginning with the building blocks of planting design, a visual sourcebook of Planting Palettes illustrates some of the huge choice available in terms of form, texture and colour. The following chapter explains, with the use of planting plans and diagrams, how to combine these basic elements to create stunning and sculptural planting schemes. Theory is put into practice in Planting Moods in which stunning photography demonstrates how to create a particular feeling or atmosphere, and Year-Round Planting emphasizes the importance of choosing plants to give value throughout the seasons so that they contribute to the garden in death as well as in life. Rounding off with a detailed directory of key plants, Designing with Plants is destined to become an inspiration to all gardeners who wish to create, in Piet's words, 'an impression and an expression of nature'.

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged

Author: Arthur R. Kruckeberg

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295981016

Category: Gardening

Page: 288

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This classic work now includes new chapters on grasses and additional trees, shrubs, and perennials.�This book contains so much well-organized, well-written material that it should become a standard guidebook for anyone who gardens with Northwest natives.��Sunset

Designing with Succulents

Create a Lush Garden of Waterwise Plants

Author: Debra Lee Baldwin

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604698314

Category: Gardening

Page: 356

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“Designing with Succulents is inspiring, practical, and complete—a treasure for any gardener who loves these otherworldly beauties.” —Kathleen N. Brenzel, Sunset Succulents offer dazzling possibilities and require very little maintenance to remain lush and alluring year-round. No one knows them better than the Queen of Succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin. This new, completely revised edition of her bestselling classic is a design compendium that is as practical as it is inspirational. Designing with Succulents shares design and cultivation basics, hundreds of succulent plant recommendations, and 50 companion plant profiles. Lavishly illustrated with 400 photographs, you’ll find everything you need to visualize, create, and nurture a thriving, water-smart succulent garden.

Planting

A New Perspective

Author: Noel Kingsbury,Piet Oudolf

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604697318

Category: Gardening

Page: 280

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Planting: A New Perspective is an essential resource for designers and gardeners looking to create plant-rich, beautiful gardens that support biodiversity and nourish the human spirit. An intimate knowledge of plants is essential to the success of modern landscape design, and Planting makes Oudolf’s considerable understanding of plant ecology and performance accessible, explaining how plants behave in different situations, what goes on underground, and which species make good neighbors. Extensive plant charts and planting plans will help you choose plants for their structure, color, and texture as well as the way they perform in the landscape. A detailed directory with details like each plant’s life expectancy, the persistence of its seedheads, its tendency to spread, and propensity to self-seed, this book is a beautiful and invaluable resource.

Planting Design

Gardens in Time and Space

Author: Piet Oudolf,Noël Kingsbury

Publisher: Timber Press (OR)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Gardening

Page: 175

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Exceptional color photography highlights the growth of gardens and designed landscapes over time, drawing the gardener and designer into new ways of seeing and thinking about landscape."--BOOK JACKET.

Lawn Gone!

Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard

Author: Pam Penick

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607743159

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

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A colorful guide covering the basics of replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, drought-tolerant, money-saving options that will appeal to today's busy, eco-conscious homeowner. Americans pour 300 million gallons of gas and 1 billion hours every year into mowing their lawns, not to mention 70 million pounds of pesticides and $40 billion for lawn upkeep. No Wonder the anti-lawn movement is thriving, as today's eco-conscious consumers realize that their traditional lawns are water-hogging, chemical-ridden, maintenance-intensive burdens. Lawn Gone!, from award-winning gardening blogger Pam Penick, is the first basic introduction to low-water, easy-care lawn alternatives for beginning gardeners, written in a friendly style with an approachable package. It covers all the available time-saving options: alternative grasses, ground cover plants, artificial turf, hardscaping, mulch, and more. In addition, it includes step-by-step lawn-removal methods, strategies for dealing with neighbors and homeowner associations, and how to minimize your lawn if you're not ready to go all the way.

Gardening With Conifers

Author: Adrian Bloom

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781770859081

Category: Gardening

Page: 232

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"Covers virtually every aspect of conifer use and culture in a format accessible to horticultural students and home gardeners alike ... Magnificently highlighted by more than 250 striking color photographs ... Conifers are showcased in their full glory as richly textured, brilliantly colored, and subtly structured plants deserving of a spot in every garden." -- Booklist Fifteen years after this review, we present a revised and expanded edition of this highly acclaimed reference. Among the changes is the addition of a foreword by Michael A. Dirr, author of such classics as Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. New content and updates are found in "Why Conifers?," "The Magic of Conifers," "A Closer Look at Conifers" and in the detailed practical section, "Growing Conifers in Your Garden." This edition features the author's comprehensively revised Directory of 600 conifers, so current that it includes Wollemia nobilis, a two million-year-old species only recently found and genetically identified, and available at a select few nurseries. Other new features are "Conifers that Grow on You" and "The Mauergarten Story," which chronicles the author's design of the garden at one of Germany's premiere nurseries. Comprehensive in scope and lavishly illustrated, the book includes a directory of more than 600 conifers and expert advice on: Size and growth rates, Canada/USA hardiness ratings Site and soil preferences Planting, maintenance and propagation Pruning, pests and diseases Dwarf conifers and ground covers Conifers in containers, moving conifers, and more. Gardening with Conifers is a thorough and beautiful guide to coniferous trees and shrubs of the world available to North American gardeners. Stunning color photographs show conifers young and old in a variety of environments, from small gardens to many-acred gardens. It reveals the magic that conifers bring to a garden and how they create structure and balance for year-round visual interest and color.

Gardening with Foliage First

127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More

Author: Karen Chapman,Christina Salwitz

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604697830

Category: Gardening

Page: 340

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Create a foliage-driven garden that dazzles! Although seductive, flowers, by their fleeting nature, are a fickle base to provide long-lasting gardens with year-round interest. Tackle this problem with the advice in Gardening with Foliage First. Learn how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements as the finishing touches. This simple, recipe-style approach to garden design features 127 combinations for both sunny and shady gardens that work for a variety of climates and garden challenges.

Ornamental Grasses For the Southeast

Author: H Peter Loewer

Publisher: Cool Springs Press

ISBN: 9781591860464

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

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Ornamental Grasses of the Southeast features traditional and exotic grasses with detailed instructions on plant care, landscape use, and the distinctive qualities of each variety of grass. In addition, you'll discover the plant's history and enjoy full-color photographs of each, along with selected botanical illustrations.

The American Meadow Garden

Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn

Author: John Greenlee

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 9781604691320

Category: Gardening

Page: 280

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If there's one lesson every homeowner must learn, it's this: The traditional lawn is a huge, time consuming, synthetic-chemical sucking mistake. The time has come to look for new ways to create friendly, livable spaces around our homes. In The American Meadow Garden, ornamental grass expert John Greenlee creates a new model for homeowners and gardeners. For Greenlee, a meadow isn't a random assortment of messy, anonymous grasses. Rather, it is a shimmering mini-ecosystem, in which regionally appropriate grasses combine with colorful perennials to form a rich tapestry that is friendly to all life — with minimal input of water, time, and other scarce resources. Kids and pets can play in complete safety, and birds and butterflies flock there. A prairie style planting is a place you want to be. With decades of experience as a nurseryman and designer, John Greenlee is the perfect guide. He details all the practicalities of site preparation, plant selection, and maintenance; particularly valuable are his explanations of how ornamental grasses perform in different climates and areas. Gorgeous photography by Saxon Holt visually illustrates the message with stunning examples of meadow gardens from across the country. We've reached a stage where we can no longer follow past practices unthinkingly, particularly when those practices are wasteful and harmful to the environment. It's time to get rid of the old-fashioned lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the American meadow garden.

Passionate Gardening

Good Advice for Challenging Climates

Author: Lauren Springer,Lauren Springer Ogden,Rob Proctor

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 9781555913489

Category: Gardening

Page: 336

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Lauren Springer and Rob Proctor have long been good friends and garden writing colleagues. Here, readers will be entertained, informed, and inspired by the pair's practical wisdom, wit, and tales of perseverance. Garden success depends on the most appropriate plant selections, the best gardening techniques, and maximizing the seasons. Every subject the authors tackle--from early snows to slugs, from bulbs to botanical Latin--urges readers to make the most of the gardens they tend. Passionate Gardener takes the gardener through the seasons in a comprehensive, yet pleasurable and accessible way, as the authors celebrate a diversity of plants for every site and every season. They champion sound, ecologically friendly gardening techniques, from soil and water issues to pest management. They also offer up stories of their horticultural adventures as their personal gardens have evolved, making this lively, information-packed reading with a personal, real touch.--From publisher description.

Dream Plants for the Natural Garden

Author: Henk Gerritsen,Piet Oudolf

Publisher: Timber Press (OR)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Gardening

Page: 144

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This new collaboration between Dutch landscapers guides the reader in the selection of over 1,200 plants most suitable for Oudolf's New Wave naturalism, emphasizing the importance of plant structures in providing all-season interest, and more. 262 photos & illustrations.

Grass Scapes

Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

Author: Martin Quinn,Catherine Macleod

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781883052379

Category: Gardening

Page: 191

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Expert grass breeder Martin Quinn and writer Catherin Macleod reveal the amazing diversity of ornamental grasses in this beautiful book. Unlike other plants, grasses offer texture, shape, colour, movement and even sound to create a dramatic and calming effect. They thrive in a variety of conditions, require little maintenance and are suitable for all garden types. With this comprehensive book, you too can transform your garden into an inviting oasis.--COVER.

Landscape Design with Plants

Author: Brian Clouston

Publisher: Newnes

ISBN: 1483100375

Category: Architecture

Page: 560

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Landscape Design with Plants, Second Edition focuses on landscape architecture. The book first discusses trees in the countryside. Adaptation to locality, self-town vegetation, designs for both short-term and long-term effect, ecological planting, and plant associations are described. The text looks at planting for forestry. The need for afforestation; forest habitat; scale of the forest mosaic; and woodlands as visual elements in the landscape are considered. The book puts emphasis on trees in urban areas, shrubs and groundcover, and herbaceous plants and bulbs. The text also focuses on water plants. The use of water plants in garden design, aquatic communities, and historical background are discussed. The book underscores the use and management of plant species native to Britain in landscaping; urban landscape and roof gardens; and how to transplant semi-mature trees. The text also describes reclamation and planting of industrial and urban wastelands; landscaping of reservoir margins; and the relationship of plants and air pollution. The book also puts emphasis on the use of vegetation in slope stabilization; planting in tropical lowland areas; planting in hot, arid climates; and the functional use of Australian plants. The selection is a must for readers interested in landscaping.