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Home gardeners know the key elements to a well-designed garden: perennials that bloom year after year, annuals that add a burst of color, and bulbs that guarantee spring flowers. But what about shrubs--what role should these hardy plants play?
The Creative Shrub Garden by Andy McIndoe puts the shrub in its rightful place--front and center. This groundbreaking approach shows you how to make the most of the many benefits of shrubs--including their hardiness, year-long beauty, size, and low-maintenance nature--by making them the main element in a garden design. McIndoe teaches you the basics first, with tips on choosing shrubs based on a garden's size, determining soil and climate needs, and pruning and maintenance. He then offers hundreds of shrub combinations that work with 15 main garden styles, including coastal, cottage, Mediterranean, tropical, urban, and more.
The Creative Shrub Garden celebrates a plant that is too often taken for granted and gives gardeners the confidence to use shrubs in the design-forward treatment they deserve.
Although many gardeners rely heavily on smaller perennials, annuals,and bulbs, McIndoe makes the case for shrubs as a main element in garden design in this richly illustrated book. Shrubs are hardy,beautiful year round, and are extremely low-maintenance. McIndoe prepares readers to choose their own shrubs by introducing them tothe basics including advice on selection based on garden size, soil and climate, and pruning and maintenance. He then helps readers focusselections by offering inspiration in the form of hundreds of different beautiful shrub combinations that complement fifteen different garden styles including cottage, tropical, and urban.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"Englishman McIndoe studied horticulture at school, worked in the garden trade, and started three gardens from scratch; today he is managing director of Hillier Nursery and a regular award winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. He knows that shrubs in English gardens are not 'big, boring beasts' but the most rewarding plants in the garden, far more than mere backbone, and demonstrates that intelligence in great detail. He defines shrubs as woody plants that don't die in winter in temperate zones and cheerleads for shrubs' hardiness, their year-round appeal, their wide variation of sizes, and lower care requirements. The book includes advice on choosing the right ones for the right places and combinations. Creating gobsmacking effects using shrubs means considering moods (cool and calming or indulgent? mellow and glowing or reflective?) and styles (coastal, cottage, and country, among them). His plant directory is rich and colorful; his instructions on caring for shrubs covers planting, pruning, mulching, and watering. McIndoe occasionally waxes personal, but his usual style is assuredly instructional. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Shrubs have the widest range of colored foliage, headiest scents, and most persistent flowers of all the plant groups. They are longer-lived than perennials and require half as much maintenance. This unashamedly shrub-centric design guide describes how to choose the right plants for the right place, and mix and match them in groups that bring year-round pleasure. Award-winning designer Andy McIndoe offers ready-made combinations that deliver a range of moods and styles for gardens of all sizes, the basics of designing with shrubs, and a comprehensive plant directory.
About the Author
Andy McIndoe is managing director of Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres in Hampshire, England. As designer of the Hillier exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show for more than two decades, he has upheld the company’s unprecedented record of 68 consecutive gold medals at the show. His two-acre garden at Sherfield English near Romsey is naturalistic in style, with an extensive wildflower meadow and informal planting.