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Pots in the Garden: Expert Design & Planting Techniquesby Ray Rogers
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Container gardening has grown up! No longer a technique just for apartment dwellers or novice gardeners, the use of ornamental containers on decks, patios, terraces, and in the garden itself can save time, space, and money. More importantly, it offers experienced home gardeners unique creative challenges, site flexibility, and experimental fun. In fact, it's no exaggeration to say that attractive, well-planted containers are an essential component of today's gardens.
Pots in the Garden: Expert Design and Planting Techniques presents a fresh approach to container planting and design. Author and award-winning horticultuist Ray Rogers doesn't simply provide a finite number of "recipes" for specific planting combinations. Rather, he takes you on an engaging exploration into basic design principles, including how to use color, form and mass, texture, line and repetition, and spacing and siting, as well as how to create focal points, use water, exploit the potential of empty containers, and more. Rogers arms you with the knowledge to pick out and design your own plantings with confidance. Instead of falling back on familiar choices such as petunias, ivy-leaved geraniums, and trailing vinca in the window box, choose distinctive pots and develop planting combinations more suited to your garden's specific conditions, local climate, andyour own personal style.
Stunning photographs by Richard Hartlage provide guidance and inspiration, as well as help visually explain each principle. You don't have to be a professional designer or artist to understand this book. Pots in the Garden simply reflects one long-time gardener's accumulated thoughts on and experiences with container gardening and the basic principles behind good garden design.
"...this spring I have shifted my thoughts to Design, with a capital D, because of...Pots in the Garden." Ann Raver, The New York Times
"Rogers points out that many people have a limited space in which to plant a garden and don't have a lot of time to pursue their hobby. He writes that one of the most space-saving and time-efficient ways to enjoy gardening is to include container plantings...Rogers discusses basic design elements, including color, line, form and mass, space, and texture. Included are 240 splendid photographs." George Cohen, Booklist
"The 248-page book offers loads of inspiration for beginners and experienced gardeners. And the photos by Richard Hartlage beautifully illustrate Rogers' lessons on color combinations, container selection, placement, and other key design elements." Holly Hayes, San Jose Mercury
'Filled with discussions about color, form and texture, this book doesn"t merely make plant and arrangement suggestions. Rather, Rogers instructs on design principles, pot selections, planting techniques and more, inspiring the reader to find his own style" San Francisco Chronicle
No longer a technique just for apartment dwellers or novice gardeners, the use of ornamental containers on decks, patios, terraces, and in the garden itself can save time, space, and money. Pots in the Garden simply reflects one long-time gardener's accumulated thoughts on and experiences with container gardening and the basic principles behind good garden design.
About the Author
Lifelong gardener Ray Rogers began his career in public horticulture — working at arboretums, nurseries, and horticultural societies — before turning to a career as a garden editor and writer. Employment at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia and at the American Horticultural Society's headquarters at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia, furthered his interest in the horticultural press and led to a position as Senior Editor at Dorling Kindersley Publishing, where he worked on over 40 titles.
Currently a freelance editor and author, Ray is a regular contributor to the American Gardener magazine, Green Scene, and American Cottage Gardening and was a guest on Martha Stewart Living. Ray continues to pursue his horticultural interests as a home gardener, as an amateur hybridizer of Hippeastrum (amaryllis), and as a major horticultural exhibitor in the Philadelphia Flower Show.
With an M.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ray has taught in the George Washington University Horticultural Program. A member of Garden Writers of America, Ray is coauthor of The Philadelphia Flower Show: Celebrating 175 Years and is currently writing two books for Timber Press, one on container gardening and the other on coleus.
Ray resides in North Brunswick, New Jersey.
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