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Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardenersby Christopher Lloyd
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Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006) was one of the twentieth century's most influential and adventurous ardeners. Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners tells the story of his exotic garden at Great Dixter, which has delighted, and sometimes shocked, summer visitors since it replaced an eighty-year-old, Lutyens-designed rose garden.
The bold foliage of palms was combined with handsome, cut-leaved sumach and arching New Zealand flax; statuesque cannas and bright dahlias, threaded with mauve verbena and infilled with annual climbers, added dazzling color from June until the first frosts; and the whole feeling created was one of being wrapped in a voluptuous living community.
For everyone who loves Christopher Lloyd, this book is an unexpected bonus. His last and most adventurous work was almost complete at the time of his death in 2006, and a handful of his gardening friends gladly finished the task.
Illustrated with stunning photographs by Jonathan Buckley, Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners both inspires and instructs. Few gardeners will be able to resist Lloyd's call to "do something outlandish, to splash out, and be freer than ever."
Book News Annotation:
Sure to delight fans of the great English gardener, this collection of chapters discusses cannas, dahlias, succulents, and various annuals and perennials. Written by gardeners and horticulturalists that include Mary Keen, Tom Cooper, and Andrew Lawson, the chapters are filled with design tips and particulars on the many types of plants that used to qualify as exotic but have now become ubiquitous in gardens. A guide to some favorites concludes the book. As is typical of Timber Press books, this is a beautifully illustrated volume, with many color photos of gardens, including Lloyd's famous garden in Great Dixter. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Christopher Lloyd was one of the world's most outspoken and adventurous gardeners. In this, his last book, he offers his unique perspective on creating 'hot and steamy' planting schemes wherever you garden. It features his most extravagant plantings in the famous borders and pot displays that delight and excite, and sometimes shock, visitors to his garden, Great Dixter.
Covering structure as well as content, hardy as well as tender, foliage as well as flowers, Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners is a worthy successor to Succession Planting and an exuberant swansong for one of the most respected and beloved gardeners ever.
About the Author
The late Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006) lived in the 15th century half-timbered manor house of Great Dixter his entire life. He is the author of a string of bestselling garden classics, and in 1979 the Royal Horticultural Society conferred on him its highest award, the Victoria Medal of Honour."
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