Planting: A New Perspective
Indispensable. ... An impassioned plea for packing beds tightly, interlacing species lightly, choosing plants that survive multiple stresses, [and] letting seed heads stand through winter.
New York Times Book Review
Planting, by famed landscape architects Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury, is a groundbreaking moment in horticulture. It is the first book to share Oudolf's original planting plans and plant groupings and the only book to explicitly show how his gardens and landscapes are made.
An intimate knowledge of plants is essential to the success of this approach and Planting makes Oudolf's considerable understanding of plant ecology and performance accessible, explaining how plants behave in different situations, what goes on underground, and which species make good neighbors. Extensive plant charts and planting plans will help you choose plants for their structure, color, and texture as well as the way they perform in the landscape. A detailed directory, with details each plant's life expectancy, the persistence of its seedheads, its tendency to spread, and propensity to self-seed, is an invaluable resource.
Planting is an essential resource for designers and gardeners looking to create plant-rich, beautiful gardens that support biodiversity and nourish the human spirit.
- Format: Hardcover
- Pages: 280 pp.
- Book dimensions: 8½ x 10 in. (255 x 215 mm.)
- Images: 268 color photos, 30 color illustrations
- ISBN-10: 1604693703
- ISBN-13: 9781604693706
- Product code: 689370
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"Top garden designers Oudolf and Kingsbury consider twenty-first-century gardening trends and challenges in this essential, informative, and inspiring guide."
"Indispensable. ... An impassioned plea for packing beds tightly, interlacing species lightly, choosing plants that survive multiple stresses, [and] letting seed heads stand through winter."
—Dominique Browning, New York Times Book Review
"A thoughtful, insightful guide that deserves serious consideration."
"It treads a well-pitched line in providing gritty information to the professional and the amateur alike. ... It is fascinating to see this pinnacle of public naturalistic planting explained and contextualized."
"A fascinating insight into Piet Oudolf's approach to design."
—Rory DuSoir, Gardens Illustrated
"Packed with detailed and enticingly adaptable plans, the 280-page volume is a one-stop seminar of the Oudolfian system of gardening, which is as much about advance planning as it is about total chance."
—Mitchell Owens, Daily AD (Architectural Digest Blog)
"Establishes the 'new style' as a potent artistic and intellectual movement. This book has real meat. The liberal use of Oudolf's planting plans are reason alone to buy this book."
"The release of this book marks a watershed moment. We are offered substantially greater insight into Piet Oudolf's design process. ... It is destined to be required reading for aspiring landscape designers, landscape architects and those interested in naturalistic planting design."
—Adam Woodruff, Designers on Design (APLD)
"This is a how-to book that will leave you with the information, courage, and enthusiasm to approach your own landscape in a new way. ... The authors leave no doubt about the importance of natural beauty to human life, and they show how to reproduce aspects of it successfully."
—Malinda Hatch, Landscape Architecture
"A fascinating and technical exposition of how Piet has changed the way plants are used."
—Mary Keen, Daily Telegraph (London)
"Oudolf details for the first time the specific ingredients that go into his horticultural alchemy, and even includes original plans and plant charts."
"You could get lost in the landscapes featured in this book. ... Study it and you'll be one step closer to designing your own tumbling, flopping, blooming-meadow-inspired border of flowers, shrubs and grasses."
—Katie Elzer, Wilmington Star News
"A great guide for anyone wishing to try out the style Piet Oudolf uses in his magnificent gardens."
"No one does ecology-based plant harmonies better than these two, and it's just so sweepingly, stunningly beautiful."
—Valerie Easton, Pacific Northwest Magazine
"Oudolf is eager to teach the rest of us how to recreate the effect in our home gardens. ... Of particular interest are the book's detailed planting plans, which show how Oudolf ... deliberately creates a 'layered look' that looks unstudied and provides year-round interest."
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