Synopses & Reviews
With a keen interest in spiky plants, Holliday argues that gardens don't have to look "nice" — packed with delicate roses and pretty clematis. There is much to be said for a crisp, clean-lined planting style featuring swords, straps, and spikes. This book presents a careful selection of plants that are spiky, sharp, or brittle, whether in their stems, leaves, or flowers, so that gardeners can choose new and exciting plants that work well in their landscape. From xeriscapes to maritime gardens and everywhere in between, all adventurous plantspeople will find fresh ideas for adding a little excitement to their garden.
"The book is replete with full-color photos of the plants mentioned and masses of plants in the sharp gardening style."
—Landscape Architecture, May 2005 Landscape Architecture
"Whether you're a fan of pointy, spiky plants or want a garden that neighborhood kids won't touch, here's your guide. ... Lends new meaning to the phrase, 'Giving you a few pointers in the garden.'"
—George Weigel, Harrisburg Patriot-News, June 9, 2005
"With the green industry's concern about attracting younger populations to gardening, this book offers a savvy, twenty-first-century solution."
—Debra Prinzing, Pacific Horticulture, May/June 2006 Pacific Horticulture
Explores using a crisp, clean-lined planting style featuring swords, straps, and spikes. From xeriscapes to maritime gardens, adventurous gardeners will find fresh ideas for adding excitement and interest to their gardens. 180 color photos.
About the Author
Christopher Holliday lectures and writes on plants and gardens. His published articles have appeared in Gardens Illustrated and the English Garden, and his garden has been featured in numerous newspapers and television shows. He is the National Collection holder of Phormium in the U.K.