I checked out this 1993 edition of "American Mixed Border" from our library looking for detailed information and sophisticated ideas about 'garden making'. And found it, I did. The author, who gardens on a farm on Bainbridge Island, uses her own garden for a first hand resource, along with others in the west and east to make her case for the benefits of the "American Mixed Border".
Ms. Lovejoy begins with outlining the basics of 'mixed border building'--soil preparation, tree selection, appropriate shrubs and on to how to choose blooming plants that will thrive in these combination plantings. She takes special interest in explaining painterly color schemes for the garden and the importance of bloom sequencing and foliages. Her husband, Mark Lovejoy, along with other photographers, provided beautiful examples of her suggestions.
All in all, an important book to have on your shelf, although perhaps superceded by her more recent "Along the Garden Path" and "Further Along the Garden Path", neither of which have I read. When I picked up the book at the library, I did think her name was familiar, and I have come to find out she is the author of Ortho's ever popular "All About Perennials", too, which has been on my shelf since I lived in San Francisco in the 70's and 80's.