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Featured Non-Fiction: Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations by Tony Lord

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Featured Non-Fiction: Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations by Tony Lord

Firefly Books, 2008

Even the experienced gardener can be stumped when considering which plants to put where. Confidence in working with plant combinations can mean the difference between a mediocre garden and one that sings. The Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations is the perfect tool to help gardeners create a stunning garden. Rich with inspiration and practical advice, the expanded and updated edition includes:

  • An 18-page analysis on combining plants according to location, soil, climate and seasons
  • An 18-page analysis of planting styles, with instructions on how to re-create many of the combinations shown in the book -- perennials, meadow planting, matrix planting, grasses and more
  • 12 pages on the leading innovators in combination planting, including Piet Oudolf, Penelope Hobhouse and Beth Chatto
  • An additional 300 color photographs
  • Garden designers' signature combinations -- and why they work
  • An updated easy-to-use layout that features more prominent at-a-glance symbols and spotlights plant characteristics and cultivation requirements.

This comprehensive directory and cultivation guide provides 4,000 combinations for beautiful and successful plantings, with entries fully cross-referenced. With authoritative and imaginative text, superb photographs and thousands of planting combinations, the Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations is ideal for gardeners at all experience levels.

Tony Lord is an author, photographer and horticultural consultant whose books include Designing with Roses and Best Borders, which won the Garden Writers' Guild award for best general book. He edits the Royal Horticultural Society's Plant Finder, lectures widely, and is an adviser on gardens to Britain's National Trust.

Andrew Lawson is a leading garden photographer who contributes to magazines such as House and Garden and Gardens Illustrated. He won the Garden Writers' Guild award for The Gardener's Book of Colour, and was named Garden Photographer of the Year in 1999.

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