Synopses & Reviews
Foliage comes in a mind-boggling variety of color, shape and growth habit. But which ones complement each other and work best for the many garden situations people have? Fine Foliage gives the home gardener 60+ examples of plant combinations that work for every purpose, whether in sun or shade, path or meadow, porch or poolside. Each plant combination is introduced with an on-site photograph and "Why This Works" text, accompanied by individual close-up photos and quick-tip info about care, site, soil, zone and season - a complete "recipe" that even a beginner gardener can follow. Fine Foliage brings elegant, expert design and style to the garden and patio. Full color photographs throughout. Includes an index. Fine Foliage was named one of Amazon's "Best of the Year" garden books for 2013. The Garden Writers Association has recognized Fine Foliage with a 2014 Silver Award of Achievement The Garden Writers Association has also recognized Fine Foliage with a 2014 Gold Award of Achievement
is a visual treat that will inspire you with dazzling combinations for containers and gardens. This is a great user-friendly design resource, as Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz explain why each combination works - bringing artistic design within easy reach of all gardeners.
- Debra Prinzing, co-author of The 50 Mile Bouquet
Fine Foliage is one of Amazon's ""Best of the Year"" Garden Books.
Its not just about flowers anymore. The big idea for containers and gardens today is foliage combinations— creating the perfect marriage of foliage colors, textures and shapes for year-round enjoyment. In Fine Foliage, garden designers Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz showcase more than 60 inspired plant partnerships. Each combination is given a two-page spread with color photographs of the grouping and the individual plants within it. Plant details include sun or shade requirements, seasons, zones, soil preference, and plant characteristics and care. Easy-to-use instructions allow gardeners of all skill levels to bring elegant, expert design and style to their gardens and patios.
Michigan Gardener, September-October 2013 issue
"Fine Foliage: Elegant Plant Combinations for Garden and Container does much more than celebrate gorgeous foliage specimens, which by now are enjoying the popularity once reserved for blooming plants. The book groups foliage plants (and the occasional bloomer) that have complementary and contrasting features-and can live together happily in the climate they were meant for. If you are looking for groupings based on color, texture, light needs, zone or any other characteristic, Fine Foliage makes it easy to find what you need. More importantly, these combinations have been proven successful by the authors themselves, who have tried many mixes before narrowing to these ones." Sarah Ristorcelli
Whether you are a landscape designer who creates containers for your clients or a home gardener, reading this book is a must. -Bobbie Schwartz, Bobbie's Green Thumb Eye on the Garden
Christina Salwitz is a design professional who successfully translates design principles into stunning plantings. Her ability to combine color and form creates beautiful garden tapestries. -Patty Dunning, Horticulture magazine content leader
Christina Salwitz shares her considerable design talents with fellow gardeners. Those looking to take their garden creativity beyond the usual blooms and into the realm of foliage composition will be well rewarded. -Eric Liskey, Deputy Editor, Gardens and Outdoor Living, Better Homes and Gardens
In her garden designs and containers, Christina conbines plants in ways that are simple yet asthetically delightful and innovative. Christina's work has made such an impression on me, whenever I see a leaf with great variegation, texture or vining, I think of her. -Debra Lee Baldwin, author of three books on using succulent plants in garden design
I only wish Karen Chapman lived close to me so that she could be my personal gardening coach. Rarely do you find a garden designer who not only can create dazzling plant combinations but also is able to teach the rest of us how to do the same. -Danielle Sherry, Senior Editor, Fine Gardening
Christina's container designs are bold and arresting. She is fearless when it comes to combining color, texture and shape in a small area. -Susan Cohan, APLD, Co-founder and Editor of Leaf magazine
Garden lovers, you now have the secret for creating the landscape of your dreams - the ones you see in magazines and wonder: 'How do those designers DO THAT? Christina and Karen show you how to look beyond the flowers and introduce you to the real stars of the horticultural world - LEAVES! -Ivette Soler, Garden designer and author of The Edible Front Yard
Karen Chapman's container designs prove that the eye of a talented designer can inspire a whole new appreciation for the amazing variety of colors and textures to be found in the beautiful but often overlooked world of foliage. -James Augustus Baggett, Editor, Country Gardens
Karen Chapman is a garden coach, horticulturalist and owner of garden and container design company, Le Jardinet
. She writes for Fine Gardening and Birds and Blooms, and is listed on the Great Garden Speakers website. She is a blog contributor to Urban Gardens and has her own blog, karensgardenadventures.
Christina Salwitz is a garden coach, photographer, and owner of the garden and container design company, The Personal Garden Coach (1374 Facebook followers, 2759 Twitter followers). She writes for Fine Gardening, Birds and Blooms and Today's Garden Center.
Both authors are members of the Garden Writer's Association.
Karen Chapman is a garden coach, horticulturalist and owner of the garden and container design company, Le Jardinet
. She writes occasional articles for Fine Gardening and is listed on the Great Garden Speakers website. Her blog is Garden Adventures - for thumbs of all colors
Christina Salwitz is a garden coach, horticulturalist and owner of the garden and container design company, The Personal Garden Coach. She writes for several garden industry magazines, including Today's Garden Center.
Both authors are members of the Garden Writer's Association.
Principal photography for the book is by Ashley Delatour.
So Happy Together...
It's not just about flowers anymore. The big idea for containers (and gardens) today is foliage combining - creating that perfect marriage of foliage colors, textures and shapes for year-round delight. Foliage designers Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz showcase more than 60 inspired plant partnerships - sophisicated or playful, dramatic or sweet - with luscious photography and easy-to-follow "recipes." Fine Foliage is a feast for the eyes and a design bonanza for the patio, poolside or garden.
"Fine Foliage is a great user-friendly design resource, as Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz explain why each dazzling combination works - bringing artistic design within easy reach of all gardeners." -Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers; author and co-creator of The 50 Mile Bouquet
About the Author
Christina Salwitz and Karen Chapman live with their respective families in the Seattle area.