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Reviews of Color for Adventurous Gardeners

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Author (1): Christopher Lloyd
Author (2): Jonathan Buckley (photographer)

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: September 2001
Published by: Firefly Books
List price: $35.00
ISBN Number: 1552975320

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: September 2001
Published by: Firefly Books
List price: $19.95
ISBN Number: 1552975304



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
Here, at last, is a book on gardening with color by its most adventurous exponent, Christopher Lloyd. Color for Adventurous Gardeners is about using color for maximum impact.

Previous books on gardening with color have treated each color as a separate entity, but, in fact, colors work with and against each other, and must be viewed as relationships. This is the first book on gardening with color that explores how to make successful color associations with plants. Yes, there are color rules, but you have to know when and how to break them.

Offering expert views based on his many years of experience, Christopher Lloyd explores each color and encourages readers to be adventurous and daring. "The limitations imposed by rules," he writes, "are a safe-haven, but the adventurous gardener will want to try something different."

Color for Adventurous Gardeners includes over 200 stunning photographs throughout its 11 chapters, each followed by a recommended plant list:

- Red - Nothing to Fear
- Challenging Orange
- True Blues are Few
- The Value of Mauve
- Enigmatic Green
- Broken White
- Cheerful Yellow
- The Truth about Pink
- Sunlit Purple
- Brown Studies
- Sophisticated Black

Informative and inspiring photographs by Jonathan Buckley illustrate Lloyd's colorful writing on a colorful subject, making Color for Adventurous Gardeners both a visual feast and an entertaining read.---This text refers to the Paperback edition.

  Feedback History and Summary  
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Positive terracotta On Jul 5, 2005, terracotta wrote:

A delightful book that I turn to frequently. It's got gorgeous photographs (by Jonathan Buckley), fantastic ideas, and it's extremely well written. In fact, I enjoy the writing so much that a couple of times a year I reread it almost as I would a novel -- with my feet up and a cup of tea at hand. Christopher Lloyd is a marvelously opinionated writer -- no heming or hawing about his likes and dislikes. If he doesn't like a color combination, he says so, sometimes in a wonderfully snippy way! And if he likes a color mix that others might view as lurid, he defends it with a stubborn charm. Mr. Lloyd is amusing and insightful, and he manages to be that real rarity -- an expert who is also an excellent teacher. Probably the best thing about reading the book is that, even if you weren't an adventurous gardener to start with, you really do end up feeling more courageous about "going for" your own favorite color combinations -- despite what "good taste," the neighbors, or even Christopher Lloyd might think!

Positive violaceus On Oct 14, 2004, violaceus wrote:

Christopher Lloyd stands out in his field because he is a great and daring colorist. I have seen his gardens first hand and would love to have met him but he was in his beautiful, rustic mansion taking an afternoon nap (he is in his eighties after all). In his book he laughs (gently) at all those who make up stodgy rules about color. His writing has that winding, English lilt, very pleasant to read. I treasure this book!

Positive sueone On Aug 27, 2004, sueone wrote:

This book is chock a block with beautiful photographs, of individual plants, and ideas for planting schemes.

Christopher Lloyd ,in his usual lively , conversational syle of writing,passes on his wisdom, which includes things that work, and those that didn't .

He gives you descriptions of plants, warts and all, how to mix them with other colours.Some of the plants aren't those you'd expect to see in flower border, such as parsley.
" I often use a well-curled parsley in my bedding as the colour is such a lively shade of green through late summer and autumn."

It's divided into chapters of each colour, with suggestions for contrasts or companions, and a list of plants in this colour range at the end of the chapter.

A lovely book to own, browse ,and use.

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