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Choosing plant combinations
Barash, Cathy Wilkinson, 1949-
Publication Information:
Des Moines, IA : Better Homes and Gardens Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
264 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Added Uniform Title:
Better homes and gardens.
Format :


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SB472 .B37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
SB472 .B37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB472 .B37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Now create the gorgeous garden you want -- even if you don't have a lot of time to plan and design it. Over 250 gorgeous, full-colour photographs of different plant combinations based on colour and form. Helps you achieve maximum effect with minimum effort, with examples of combinations in the book for a bold or subdued look. Plant combinations shown give optimum effect using the aesthetics of colour and form-including single colour, bold colour, subtle colour, similar form, subtle form, and bold form. Suggests alternative plants that give the same look and add to the regional diversity of the plant material included.

Author Notes

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Better Homes and Gardens is a home and family magazine for people who want to make those things the focal points of their lives. It provides the readers with information to make more informed decisions and covers subjects such as education, parenting, travel, gardening, health, cars, money-management and home entertainment. The magazine also includes recipes and home improvement topics from decorating to do-it-yourself projects.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This book on garden design shows how color, shape, and texture work in all sorts of plant groupings. Barash divides the combinations into two main sections--color and form--and each section is further divided into single, subtle, and bold. In the color section, the distinctions are obvious. The form section examines the overall plants as well as the leaves and flowers for shape, growth habit, size, and texture. There are 250 color photographs of gardens showing a vast variety of plant combinations. The combinations include annuals, perennials, bulbs, trees, and shrubs. The book's index lists each plant's common and botanical names, type (annual, perennial, etc.), height, time of bloom, flower color, light requirement, and hardiness zones. This Better Homes and Gardens book is slated for a national media campaign.George Cohen

Library Journal Review

This sleek and attractive book creatively suggests ways to combine garden plants to make a distinctive statement in a home landscape. Experienced garden writer Barash (Edible Flowers: From Garden to Plate) emphasizes the use of color, shape, and texture for a successful garden design. Excellent color photos are used throughout to illustrate the use of these elements in the garden. Along with blocks of text, the photos help the reader make plant selections that will be successful in any garden. Occasionally, the color background for the text distracts from the photos, which are really the strength of this work. Get this useful guide to stimulate the imagination of your gardening readers. Recommended for public libraries.ÄDale Luchsinger, Milwaukee Area Technical Coll. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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