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For any gardener who is unsure of what to grow or how to put plants together in coherent planting schemes, this book provides all the answers. Equipped with Classic Garden Plans, any owner of a smallish garden will be able to recreate some very special gardens. Many of the plans and plantings included are simplified versions of those created by great gardeners such as Vita Sackville-West, Lawrence Johnstone, Margery Fish, and Piet Oudolf. The author's extensive knowledge of period plants, and how they were put together to look beautiful, has also enabled him to recreate historical classics, like the Renaissance parterre or the Mughal moonlight garden, from contemporary planting lists and plans. Each garden is given a brief historical context and its best qualities, best seasons and times of day are explained. Planting plans are given for each scheme, together with a shopping list that can be taken to a nursery or garden center.Many classic gardens are large, and their owners can create areas designed to be at their best at a particular time of year. The planting plans here have been skewed slightly to provide a long season of interest in a small space. However, none of the plant species suggested are outside the range of the original garden.Readers' gardens will be as diverse as the readers themselves. The book includes suggestions for adapting each plan to the limitations of a given space, and how to adapt the shopping list as well. It also says when something is impractical: the Monet garden, for instance, is not suitable for a garden with little sun.Though most of the plantings are best suited to Britain, Europe and the northern states of the US, some, like the Mughal moonlight garden, work well in warmer situations. Others have suggestions for altering the critical plantings to suit: in the Monet garden, for instance, good warm-climate waterlilies are suggested in addition to the hardy waterlilies grown at Giverny.This book will be invaluable to any amateur gardener keen to have a garden with powerful historical associations, based on a classic model and filled with authentic plants. The book's plans will be of most use to gardeners with a space of at least 16 x 32 feet, though they could easily suggest ideas for even smaller spaces.


For any gardener who is unsure of what to grow or how to put plants together in coherent planting schemes, this book provides answers. Many of the garden plans and plantings included are simplified versions of those created by great gardeners such as Vita Sackville-West, Margery Fish, and Piet Oudolf. The author's extensive knowledge of period plants, and how they were put together to look beautiful, has enabled him to re-create historical classics, like the Renaissance parterre or the Monet water garden, from contemporary planting lists and plans. Each garden is given a brief historical context, and its best qualities, seasons, and times of day are explained. Planting plans are given for each scheme, together with a shopping list that can be taken to a nursery. The book includes suggestions for adapting each plan to the limitations of a given space, and how to adapt the shopping list as well. Classic Garden Plans will be invaluable to any gardener who wants to design a garden with powerful historical associations, filled with authentic plants.

Reviews

The section on Monet's waterlily garden was republished in THE TELEGRAPH newspaper's weekend magazine.

Suite 101's web review

SEATTLE TIMES

If it sounds like your sort of book, and it makes a lovely present for a new gardener, why not buy a copy here and now? In the US, it's published by Timber Press, and by Frances Lincoln Ltd in the UK. If you live in Europe or Australasia, please order from amazon.co.uk.


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