Reviews of Creating Contrast with Dark Plants
|Positive||ineedacupoftea||On Oct 22, 2005, ineedacupoftea wrote:
This book fills an otherwise abandoned nich in plant design. It is a nice introduction to the use of dark-flowered or leaved (usually "black") plants and their merits. It exposes some superb plants that are just beyond the fringe of normal, and are decently categorized, but I hesitate to give it a perfect review due to a few things: It could use more plants in general, and of the individual plant descriptions, more notes on cultivation, soil, exposure, hardiness, etc. I'm afraid the garden combinations/designs in the latter half of the book fail either due to differing cultural preferances or unmatched time of year.
On October 28th, 2005, JamesCO changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I read the book again and realized that she was only lacking a few common dark plants I could think of. The designs are decent but not wthout their problems. I still hold that cultivation notes are a bit short. Plant Sources would certainly have been a nice extra chapter, as it is a trend with specialty plant books. (A U.S. list would have needed to be made as well.) Her plants are organized in a design-in-mind fashion that is very usable.
After the re-read, I realized how enjoyable it was not only as a volume, but as a book; which by far overshadows its few shortcomings. Definately buy it.
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