Velvety or rough, silver or chartreuse, saw-toothed or scalloped -- foliage can be the star of your garden. This comprehensive guide describes the features and requirements of dozens of leafy plants, each one perfect for mixing and matching with flowers and ornamental grasses in vivid home landscapes. Handsomely illustrated with hundreds of full-color photographs, Foliagewill inspire you to look at leaves with fresh eyes. Winner of the 2008 American Horticultural Society Book Award. read more
Nancy J. Ondra is a garden writer and editor who owned and operated a small rare-plant nursery for six years. She is the author or co-author of a dozen gardening books, including Foliage (winner of the 2008 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society), The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer (winner of a 2006 Silver Award from the Garden Writers Association), The Perennial Care Manual, Fallscaping, and Grasses. She currently gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and blogs at www.hayefield.com.read more
Reviews forFoliage: Astonishing Color and Texture Beyond Flowers
This is a terrific book! I can see why it won an American Horticultural Society Award. Even though I no longer garden, I love gardens and visit them at every opportunity. This book presents ideas and solutions for anyone who seeks to improve the visual impact of their own garden, and explanations to help one understand how other gardeners, public and private, achieve the effects they do. The author's love and enthusiasm for her subject are obvious, but they're tempered with very practical information and suggestions in the descriptions that accompany each plant. It is well organized by foliage color, and within each color chapter, by leaf/plant size and impact. The photos that illustrate the various ideas are for the most part very good. The only reason I didn't rate this book 5 stars is that there are few if any photos that show the different foliage plants in a context of other surroundings, either blooming plants or other foliage plants.read more
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