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Succession Planting for Year-round Pleasure

By Christopher Lloyd

Edited by Erica Hunningher

Photographs by Jonathan Buckley

This book's photographs, and the sense of time they embody, will make any gardener weep with gratification and envy.

New York Times

Most gardeners want their borders to be interesting and colorful over a long season, even year-round if winters are not too severe. With this book, Christopher Lloyd shows how he chooses and orchestrates plants so that the borders always look their best. Once having covered the principles of succession planting, Lloyd explores the ingredients necessary to ensure continuously lively borders — from anchor plants and permanent perennials to drop-in plants and self-sowers. Packed with fresh ideas and practical advice for every season, Succession Planting contains all the information you need to create brilliantly successful year-round planting schemes.

Media reviews

"Month-by-month photos of sample beds will inspire you to try this method."

—Dale Langford, Rocky Mountain News

"A manifesto on how Lloyd combines plants to keep his garden borders glorious from April through October and through the winter ... Take inspiration from Lloyd's vast experience and Jonathan Buckley's splendid photographs."

Chicago Tribune

"Packed with fresh ideas and practical advice for every season, Succession Planting contains all the information you need to create brilliantly successful year-round planting schemes."

Rainy Side Gardeners

"The author writes in a lively, personal style that is quite engaging, and the photographs are, as you might expect in a garden book of this type, delightful to look at."

—Jim Kemper, Current Books on Gardening & Botany

"Lloyd gloriously combines all sorts of plants–bulbs to perennials, vines to big shrubs–with an eye toward increasing the longevity of a garden's appeal. In this book, he tells the hows and whys of his succession plantings."

Design NJ

"For anyone wishing to keep their gardens alive with color for as long in the year as is humanly possible, this is a must-have book."

—Keith Wiley, Garden (Peterborough)

"[Lloyd's] wisdom is easily adapted to American homeowner's more modest gardens."

—Suzanne Hively, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This book's photographs, and the sense of time they embody, will make any gardener weep with gratification and envy."

—Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times

"From bedding out to self-seeders, Lloyd knows all the tricks of exclamation-point plantings."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"This book should be treated as a reference, to be consulted from time to time for inspiration. It is marvelous."

—Judith Taylor, Garden Gazette

"I find much to recommend in this book. I am sure all who knew Mr. Lloyd will miss his kind energy and love of gardens. We are graced to have his spirit in this book."

—Cheval Force Opp, Washington Gardener

"Packed with fresh ideas and practical advice for every season, Succession Planting contains all the information you need to create brilliantly successful year-round planting schemes."

Rainy Side Gardeners

"There are chapters on anchor plants, self-sower plants, climbers, and other fabulous plants that boost interest in your garden beds."

—Linda Cobb, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

"Books by this esteemed English gardener are always welcome, and I think this new one is his best ever."

—Nancy Brachey, Charlotte Observer

About the author

Christopher Lloyd

The late Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006) lived in the 15th century half-timbered manor house of Great Dixter his entire life. He is the author of a string of bestselling garden classics, and in 1979 the Royal Horticultural Society conferred on him its highest award, the Victoria Medal of Honour.

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