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Designing with Conifers: The Best Choices for Year-Round Interest in Your Gardenby Richard L. Bitner
Synopses & Reviews
With blue, green, and gold foliage and shapes ranging from spiky to weeping, conifers have the potential to be garden design stars. But they are commonly misused in gardens and landscapes, leading to looming spruces squashed against a house or rows of kettledrum-shaped yews along a sidewalk. When used correctly and creatively, conifers can be star players in creating beautiful, long-lasting plant combinations or serene backyard havens.
Designing with Conifers shows readers exactly how to choose the best conifers for specific needs. Chapters cover shape, color, and conifers for specific sites and conditions, including front gardens, hedges and screens, topiary, dwarf conifers, shade gardens, Asian-style gardens, bonsai, and miniature railroad gardens. Also includes useful appendices that list of conifers for various problems and conditions, like conifers for areas plagued by deer and the best conifers for Christmas trees and Southern gardens. Each section is enlivened with gorgeous color photographs.
Whatever landscape situation or challenge a gardener designer faces, Designing with Conifers shows how to make the best choice from this beautiful, useful, and versatile group of plants.
Book News Annotation:
To avoid bad choices and consequences a few years down the line (e.g. that spruce squashed up against the house), home gardeners and professional landscapers would be well advised to spend some time with Pennsylvania-based garden-writer Bitner's abundantly illustrated book. He has arranged material into chapters on shape (e.g. spiky, mounding, weeping); color; and conifers for specific sites and conditions (e.g. front gardens, hedges & screens, topiary, containers, shade, bonsai). He includes a chapter on underused conifers and a case study garden. Appendices offer information on deer, wet spots, southern gardens, Christmas trees, places to see conifers, and places to see bonsai collections. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Richard L. Bitner is a garden writer and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous national and regional magazines. He studied horticulture at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, where for many years he has been an instructor in the Continuing Education program. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gold Medal Plant Award Committee, and has made it his mission to promote the appreciation and use of conifers. His previous Timber Press books are Conifers for Gardens and Timber Press Pocket Guide to Conifers.
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