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Planting the natural garden
Oudolf, Piet.
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Droomplanten. English
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Portland, OR : Timber Press, [2003]

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144 pages ; 28 cm
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SB407 .O8413 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Following on the success of Designing with Plants and Dream Plants for the Natural Garden, Piet Oudolf's landmark first book (co-authored by Henk Gerritsen), is now available in English. Thoroughly updated and revised, including several new chapters and many new photographs, it provides the definitive argument for the "natural garden." This updated edition of the book that started the "Dutch Wave," a movement that is now sweeping gardens from Europe to North America, shows how to plant a garden that can look wild but be tame at heart. Hundreds of eye-catching plant combinations are explained in detail and provide ideas for every garden. The authors emphasize how gardeners can create moods and emotional responses with the deft use of themed plants. Foolproof lists and instructions for placing specific plants in particular garden habitats are included, as well as complete growing requirements. As ethereal, even lyrical, as these gardens and plants can seem to the eye, it is important to recognize that Oudolf and Gerritsen have chosen their plants for hardiness and suitability for garden habitats. These are tough plants that do not need to be pampered or coddled. The popularity of the "Dutch Wave," from England's Chelsea Garden Show to the healing garden at New York's World Trade Center has as much to do with the reliability and sturdiness of the plants as it does to their beauty and grace.

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Piet Oudolf is renowned worldwide for his imaginative garden designs. Most of the plants he uses to furnish those gardens come from the nursery he runs with his wife, Anja, near Arnhem, in the Netherlands. Among the gardens he has designed are the Dromparken in Enkoping, Sweden; two great borders at the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley; and private gardens in various countries. The garden he designed with Arne Maynard for the Chelsea 2000 Flower Show won the Best Garden Award. In that same year he won the prestigious Millennium Garden Design Competition, earning him a commission from the City of Chicago to design a new park together with landscape artist Kathryn Gustafson. In 2002 he was asked to design the Gardens of Remembrance at The Battery, New York
Distinguished garden designer Henk Gerritsen runs the Priona gardens, which he created in 1978 in Schuinesloot, in the Netherlands. In a range of individually designed gardens, thousands of wild and cultivated plants grow side by side in natural-looking environments. All of this has been made possible by Gerritsen's comprehensive knowledge of the plants' reliability and relative growing strengths

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A guiding light in the international community of garden designers, Oudolf teams up with Gerritsen, a leading garden writer in the Netherlands, to present their stylistic approach to natural gardening. Gardeners wishing to ride the so-called Dutch Wave will find here a key to essential components, and Oudolf defines his aesthetic in an exuberant intermingling of tough yet showy plants. Perennial standbys like achilleas and artemisias feature, along with such common herbs as borage and bee balm. Named cultivars and specific species are highlighted to indicate the very best specimens for the ultimate in visual interest, and mixing it up is what it's all about, along with year-round beauty and benefit. Grasses appear prominently, bringing to the fore highly textural forms and gorgeous inflorescences. Various habitats are addressed, including arid and moist alpine, with a further range of situations covering ornamental gardening trends, and helpful listings of plant properties. All in all, Oudolf and Gerritsen offer a savory sourcebook. --Alice Joyce Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Plant descriptions
Perennialsp. 10
Ornamental Grassesp. 76
Usesp. 84
Blazingp. 88
Lushp. 92
Airyp. 96
Tranquilityp. 100
Exuberantp. 104
Silveryp. 108
Grassyp. 112
Gloomy?p. 116
Autumnp. 120
Wonderfulp. 124
Good Neighborsp. 128
Planting Plansp. 130
Exceptional Properties of Plantsp. 132
Plants per Square Meterp. 136
Literature Listp. 138
Photographic Acknowledgmentsp. 139
Nurseries and Gardensp. 139
Indexp. 140