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Designing with Grasses

By Neil Lucas

Foreword by Rick Darke

This clearly written and well-designed book will appeal to ... landscape designers and gardeners. Two green thumbs up!

Library Journal

Ornamental grasses provide glorious visual impact and a dynamic sense of movement. They are easy to care for, provide excellent wildlife habitats, and are sustainable. Neil Lucas captures all this in a practical, accessible, and beautifully illustrated book that appeals to gardeners who want a contemporary garden without too much effort.

Designing with Grasses looks at how grasses perform in the wild to help readers choose the right plants for their garden. A section is dedicated to recreating the grasslands found in prairies, steppes, and meadows in a backyard setting. Additional design chapters challenge conventional divisions about planted and non-planted areas of the garden. Putting the right plant in the right place is crucial to the creation of sustainable plantings, and Lucas' picks for grasses for particular situations are especially helpful. Environment-friendly options for green roofs, erosion control and habitat restoration along with alternatives to lawn grasses are also included.

Media reviews

"This clearly written and well-designed book will appeal to ... landscape designers and gardeners. Two green thumbs up!"

Library Journal

"A directory of grasses and grasslike plants is a useful reference."

Landscape Architecture

"[The author's] knowledge combined with technical advice and great photography make this an inspirational book, suitable for all keen gardeners."

—Ian Bull, The Garden

About the author

Neil Lucas

Neil Lucas is a highly respected plantsman who has worked extensively with the Royal Horticultural Society and has a broad and thorough understanding of grasses which he actively renews and develops all the time through traveling all over the world and seeing where and how grasses grow in the wild.

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