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Ferns for massing and groundcover

April 6, 2015

Add a calming lushness to garden or woodland with these picks from the authors of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns. Massed and groundcover ferns are great for creating repetition of texture, pattern, and form. Groundcover ferns are especially useful in the woodland. Their rambling nature allows them to find the most suitable location in […]

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Berry plants for the landscape

February 3, 2015

Why aren’t berry plants used more frequently in the landscape? It is hard to imagine an entity with more aesthetic appeal than a berry, each with its own vibrant color, sensual shape, often inviting smoothness, and fruity fragrance. The fact that this perfect package of utility and form is borne on plants which themselves offer […]

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The new woodland garden

December 18, 2014

Author Keith Wiley shares his approach to Designing and Planting a Woodland Garden. As so often in my gardening life it was by observing plants in the wild, particularly the seemingly effortless way they combine, that sparked my desire to experiment with a wider range of woodland plants. My general approach to gardening tends to […]

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Gift ideas for garden designers

December 4, 2014

Give the gift of gardening! Help the garden designer in your life build their library with books hand-picked by Timber Press staff. If you don’t find the right one in this post, try searching our catalog for more great garden design books.

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Garden style tips with Rochelle Greayer

November 3, 2014

The Cultivating Garden Style author shares her tips on how to create a garden that reflects your personality.

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How to make a mini gabion

October 22, 2014

Gabions, which are metal mesh baskets that hold rocks or concrete, have historically been a tool employed by the likes of civil engineers. But these industrial building blocks have come into vogue for uses beyond securing structures and edifices. Today, gabion cages are regularly put to use in garden design as an alternative to other […]

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Cultivating Garden Style: Cottage au courant

October 21, 2014

Informal, quirky, and engaging characterize this garden style. Cottage gardens hold near-universal appeal, as they are often the gardens of our parents and grandparents. Born of necessity, the cottage garden was the original homesteader’s paradise. Always an overflowing, informal place where chickens might mingle with kids and bikes and vegetable patches, as well as the […]

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Cultivating Garden Style: Getting inspired

October 17, 2014

Cultivating Garden Style author Rochelle Greayer shares her strategy for design inspiration. Who wants a cookie cutter house anymore? No one I know. It is much more fun to let your character and taste shine through. We express our personal style every day in the choices we make: clothes, home decor, food, and products we […]

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The Creative Shrub Garden: Mediterranean style

October 6, 2014

Drought-tolerant shrubs in an easy-to-care-for scheme for a sunny spot. Picture the warm tones of the Mediterranean landscape: red-brown soil and sand-coloured rock blend with low-mounded shrubs adapted to withstand the summer sun, heat, and exposure. To resist desiccation in times of drought, some have small, tough leaves while others sport silver foliage. Colourful flowers […]

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Create a mood with The Creative Shrub Garden: Warm and relaxing

September 25, 2014

You can find more creative shrub mood schemes in Andy McIndoe’s new book, The Creative Shrub Garden. The colours in this scheme recall a warm summer’s afternoon in the garden. They are easy-to-live-with shades that create a relaxed and dreamy mood in the planting. These are the subtle hues that many of us are drawn […]

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