Synopses & Reviews
Piet Oudolf's gardens excite the senses and stir emotion with an approach to gardening that emphasizes form, texture, light, movement, and color. Designing with Plants is both inspirational and instructive-an informative and visually breathtaking study that shows readers how to create the same effects in their gardens. This paperback reprint includes four main parts. "Planting Palettes" shows the range of plant choice available in form, texture, and color. "Designing Schemes" shows how to combine these elements to create stunning and sculptural gardens. Through stunning photography, "Planting Moods" shows how to create a particular atmosphere. And "Year-Round Planting" emphasizes the importance of choosing plants that have value throughout the seasons.
"Designing with Plants by Piet Oudolf, is worth buying or checking out just for the photos of beautiful, casual gardens."
"Stretches your imagination to see plants not just for their flowers but also for their shape, form, color, size, and texture in all seasons."— Maggie Oster, National Gardener, October 2003 Maggie Oster
"(Piet Outdolf's) views about which perennials look best in fall and winter, along with inspiring photographs of late-season gardens he has created, can be found in Designing with Plants, written with Noel Kingsbury."—Horticulture, September 2003 National Gardener
"Piet Oudolf [has] ... an uncanny eye for plant combinations."—Anne Raver, New York Times, March 2, 2003 Horticulture
Explore islands of flowers, lines of plants, and shrubs, roses, perennials, and annuals growing together in perfect harmony. This mingled arrangement extends the beauty and value of the planting area, and lies at the heart of today's ornamental garden. Don't miss a valuable opportunity to make optimum use of natural resources with one of a variety of mixed border types. Dozens of photos show different approaches.
Rethink the typical garden design of extensive lawn and narrow border. Instead, explore islands of flowers, thick lines of plants, and mixtures of shrubs, roses, perennials, and annuals growing together in perfect harmony. This mingled arrangement maintains its beauty longer, extends the value of the planting area, and lies at the heart of today's ornamental garden. If you aren't aware of the wide variety of mixed border types that exist, you're missing a valuable opportunity to make optimum use of natural resources. Dozens of photos show different approaches, from highly formal to almost wild.
Based on New Wave planting, a spectacular naturalistic style of landscape design that values plants for form, texture, and year-round interest, this book will help you create original and captivating gardens.
About the Author
Noel Kingsbury is a well-known designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and the environment. His doctorate in horticultural ecology from the University of Sheffield focused on the selection and management of ornamental perennials and he is still engaged in active research in this field. Noel is interested in combining natives and non-natives in ecological planting schemes and a passionate advocate for sustainable plant combinations that require minimal intervention from the gardener. He trials plants and gardens at his home on the border between England and Wales and travels widely.
Piet Oudolf is among the world’s most innovative garden designers and a leading exponent of naturalistic planting, a style that takes inspiration from nature but employs artistic skill in creating planting schemes. Oudolf's extensive work over 30 years of practice includes public and private gardens all over the world. He is best known for his work on the High Line and Battery Park in New York, the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park, Potters Field in London, and his own private garden at Hummelo in the Netherlands.