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Perennial Garden Design

By Michael King

A good introduction for gardeners who are serious about following proper design rules.

Library Journal

Perennials can form a key part of a garden's structure and are dynamic and colorful plants whose forms and textures can be used to alter moods and influence the way we respond to and use a garden. The first section of this book shows how to create garden schemes with perennials, and the second section looks at the best perennials for year-round planting and color effect. A third section considers how to use perennials in different styles of garden. The book is completed by a list of perennials for special purposes, and an A–Z directory with practical tips on all the plants included in the earlier chapters.

Media reviews

"Throughout, sumptuous photos illustrate [King's] ideas and suggestions. Overall, this is a good introduction for gardeners who are serious about following proper design rules."

—Chris Kahn, Library Journal

"Should help professional designers and advanced amateurs aim for a higher level of perennial garden design. The stunning photographs show gardens at top form, beautifully arranged, and quite big. Yet they offer lessons in artful combinations of color, texture and form that could be brought down to a homeowner's smaller space."

—Nancy Brachey, Charlotte Observer

"King reminds us that design is art that changes with time and that plants should engage our senses and emotions."

—Bobbie Schwartz, Buckeye

"The first part of this beautifully illustrated book discusses the principles of good garden design and shows how herbaceous perennials can add, in additon to color, character to a garden."

—Karin Kratz, California Garden

About the author

Michael King

Michael King is a garden designer, photographer, and author who runs a garden advice bureau from Amsterdam. Previously he worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as secretary to the board of trustees. In addition to designing gardens, he has written many articles on plants and planting design and is the author of five books.

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