A fantastic book that is sure to help every gardner, new and professional design a fantastic looking garden. It includes combinations by color, seasons, sunny, shade, sandy soil, wet sites and on and on. Great pictures, fun to read. I can't wait to start my next garden and have it look like it was professionally planned.
This book is beautiful and full of useful information. It gives several hundred groupings of 3-5 plants that will bloom together, and that thrive in the same conditions. There are combinations by color, by season, for sunny/shaded/clay/wet sites, combos for fragrance, cutting, hummingbirds & butterflies, etc. Each combination has a lovely picture, a key with the list of plants, and detailed information on proper siting and care. There are also a number of larger plans for entire gardens at the back.
I really like that this book focuses on combinations, rather than just listing individual plants - the ideas in this book make perfect building blocks for a garden design.
I love this book. If you need ideas and want to know what works well together, in what conditions and how to for perennials, then this is a great book to consult. The photos are excellent and there are many. Easy planting designs to follow or modify. Best of all is the writing style, easy and fun to read and very encouraging. It is also loaded with great tips. It also cover botanical and common names so shopping for the plans is easy. Highly recommend for beginners like me.
This is one perennial combination book that I go back to every year as I plan changes or additions to gardens. Good for both beginner and experienced gardener. Excellent pictorials. Several of my gardening friends use this book also.
I am a complete novice gardener and purchased this book to gain some insite on plant combinations. I found the authors style refreshing and easy to understand. This book contains several garden plans for special sites, sunny, shade, woodland, etc. I used a modified version of one his plans in my front yard...so we'll see if the neighbors are laughing at me in the spring.