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Dream Plants for the Natural Garden (Gardener's Guide Series) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. November 2000

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Gardeners are moving away from tidy borders and neat velvet lawns to more expressive areas of plants grown within a natural movement of design. Who better to explain how to do this than the Dutch international garden designers, Henk Gerritsen and Piet Oudolf. Dream Plants for the Natural Garden suggests 1,200 plant species which they consider practical for the average garden. Each is give its Latin and common name with a brief description and notes of favourable conditions and flowering period.

The book covers perennials, bulbs, grasses, ferns and small shrubs, all of which the authors believe will continue growing, flowering and seeding for many years There are three main sections covering tough (perennials, grasses, ferns, bulbs and shrubs), playful (self-seeding perennials, biennials and annuals) and troublesome plants (invasive, capricious and demanding), explaining how to deal with them. Piet Oudolf has nurseries near Arnheim where he is practised in choosing plants that are easy to maintain and mainly disease resistant. Both he and Henk Gerritsen took many of the photographs that illustrate the text.

Dream Plants for the Natural Garden is an ideal reference book. Use some of the ideas to enliven your own garden or create an imaginative new one. --Judy Wyles -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.


* 'A Bible for those interested in turning their garden into a naturalistic haven.' English Garden -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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Von Ein Kunde am 7. August 2001
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a beautiful book to look at AND a useful book to work with. Given you are into the "Oudolf"-style, of course. This means not the usual neat and tidy look but the wild and nonchalant one. For those people this book serves almost like a manual for the planning phase of planting. The structure of the book reminds me quite of Karl Foerster's plant lists mentioning plant character, habitat, soil conditions and mostly and above all: lots of real-life experience with the plants which the authors pass on to the readers. Under the condition that plants should be easy to care for, look luscious, and fit the place's needs the authors have put together a compendium of preferrable plants which meet the aesthetical requirements of the wild and natural looking aspects. However, this is not a book giving advice on how to put a planting together, so maybe rather appealing to the more advanced gardener who is following his own visions concerning garden design as well as color and form principles. Should be in the rack of any ambitious person dealing with so called natural designs.
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HASH(0x926d5aec) von 5 Sternen Dream Book for Earthbound Gardeners 12. November 2000
Von Julie Siegel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
In concert with Piet Oudolf's previous two books on ornamental grasses and on design, Dream Plants for the Natural Garden expands the vision of an already exceptional garden personality. As a dutch designer and nurseryman, Oudolf offers us his emperical advice about hardy plant selection from an earthbound perspective. Paired here with his fellow garden designer, Henk Gerritsen, Oudolf makes a bold case for the natural style advocated by an international group of landscapers. Instead of conventional groupings by color, Oudolf and Gerritsen communicate both their aesthetic and practical choices here under the headings of "Tough," "Playful," and "Troublesome." They espouse plants that grow easily without pesticides & fertilizers while providing year-round beauty. Oudolf has been renowned for his masterful use of perennials as players in gardens of four-season interest. This volume describes 1200 plants he and Gerritsen have chosen on the basis of behavior, strengths and usage. The combined results of their long experience, provide us with details hard to find in one place before now. Many of these plants are cutting edge (especially in the US) and thus, not widely written about in popular horticultural literature. As everywhere, the Netherlands have their own climatic conditions; thus, gardeners from other countries will need to extrapolate a bit. Luckily, the authors provide enough information on zone, soil and sun conditions to make this possible. The photographs maintain the high-quality of previous Oudolf books. However, since plant descriptions outnumber pictures, it helps to have some familiarity with the specific genera and species mentioned. The clean presentation of format, text and illustration make this eminently readable. As a landscape professional, I cannot more enthusiastically recommend such a distinct and useful publication.
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HASH(0x929a257c) von 5 Sternen A beautiful book, a guide worthy of owning and studying... 20. Oktober 2001
Von GP Fan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This volume, taken together with Oudolf's "Designing With Plants" -- an invaluable companion -- gives the gardener an inspiring and comprehensive approach to stylish landscape design and plant selection. Taken by itself, "Dream Plants" is a not necessarily helpful guide. It's hard to make sense of it as different from any other plant selection book, as it has no context. But in consort with "Designing With Plants," the design context comes clear: one has both the key and the lock in one place -- the design guide, and the plant selection menu. With both in hand -- and the photographs are lush and suggestive, and the plans bold and clearly illuminated -- there remains plenty of obscurity throughout. But there are not many mistakes here of continuity, and so one has confidence that it is as full and reliable a depiction of natural, early 21st century garden and landscape design principles and practice one can get between two covers.
Contrast this with the dreary corporate planting schemes of van Sweeden and Oehme -- not an inspiration anywhere in their so-called "Bold Romantic Gardens". With Oudolf, the reader discovers as much about the the secrets of his design pallet as can be revealed without actually having him standing over your shoulder. This book is full of mystery, which is as it should be, with detailed clues and hints in the variety of plants discussed in detail, the photographs of combinations that demonstrate his views on plant structure, appearance and sequencing, and the useful back-and-forth between the principles of garden design he favors, and the selection of plants he uses to bring it to life.
I would not purchase "Dream Plants" without also purchasing "Designing With Plants." Together, they are a fabulous combination.
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HASH(0x93168dc8) von 5 Sternen You need to know plants to benefit from this book 11. Februar 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Dutchmen Gerritsen and Oudolf label Boltonia a "troublesome, demanding plant." The same with our common wildflower Monkshood. They say that Knipofia won't survive winter. Lobelia hybrids are "only for people with green fingers." "Tierella wherryi is quite reliable when you look after it properly..." All of these plants are favorites in US gardens.
And the crowning insult to American readers -- Echniacea (Purple Coneflower) is labeled "troublesome." This is one of the most popular perennials in the US!
While I appreciate the design ideas of Oudolf's earlier books, this one is a bust as far as plant advice for US readers goes -- and the plant descriptions take up most of the book.
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The great global catastrophe that was World War I changed the world forever of course – empires, nations, monarchies and governments were swept away and nine million people were killed. And many important cultural artifacts were swept away forever as well, including the old-style, labor-intensive gardening of the 19th Century and the Victoria and Edwardian eras. Cheap labor was no longer to be had in the great homes of England and in their gardens, and so a new style of gardening necessarily took its place. It was more modest, less labor-dependent, more self-sustaining and natural. It actually had its beginnings in the latter part of the 19th Century, in the “tapestry tradition” of color blending that was the gardening style innovated by the Arts & Crafts movement.

A century later, this design trend has taken another pronounced turn, this time also fed by the cost of labor, a desire for smaller gardens, pressure on water supplies and a preference for gardening that is more sustainable and natural in appearance. At the center of this design revolution is Piet Oudolf and his longtime friend and collaborator Henk Gerritsen. Their “Dutch Wave” of “natural gardening” – or the “New Perennial” movement as it is sometimes also called – has transformed modern thinking about garden design, particularly in large and public spaces. The hallmarks of natural gardening are less reliance on flowers and more use of sculptural elements such as grasses and small shrubs, less structured planting areas, a greater use of xeric and native plants, as well as plants that are hardier and less fussy. It gives greater prominence to the whole plant and all its structures in all seasons, than to its floral expression at one brief moment of blooming glory. It has a satisfyingly holistic and environmentally conscious feeling and ethic to it, which are very attractive to many gardeners.

I first ran into this school of design literally, while running on a business trip in one of my favorite places for a long run, along the Toronto waterfront of Lake Ontario. There is a very long, undulating strip of a public garden on the lakefront, with winding paths through the narrow plantings of grasses and other beautifully selected plants. I knew instantly that I was literally inside something very special from the design point of view, and I loved it from the first of many long runs. Oudolf also planted the famous Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

But probably Oudolf’s most famous installation is the celebrated High Line in New York City, constructed from 2006 to 2009. It is a one-mile section of a disused elevated highway in southern Manhattan, that was been converted to an extremely popular elevated public garden, a sort of aerial greenway or park. Its design was based on a similar park in Paris, called the “Promenade plantée”, which is three miles long and was completed in 1993. I first saw this marvel of a hanging garden in New York on a sunny but cold day in early spring, when the vegetation was just beginning to come to life. But even that early in the year, its beauty and ingenuity were impressive, and the parkway was thronged by admiring strollers.

And now Oudolf and Gerritsen have produced this wonderful book, crammed with their great passion for plants and their lifetimes of experience in handling them and growing them. It is full of familiar plants presented in interesting combinations, and one loves to read about the authors’ admiration for old friends. But much more useful is the presentation of many plants that will be new to every reader, even to the most experienced gardener. Every gardener tries to be open to the possibility of making new friends in the garden and this book is a wonderful cornucopia of possibility and advice that will have you wanting to order new plants immediately. It is divided into three sections, for plants that are Tough, Playful or Troublesome. All three categories set the mind reeling with new designs for one’s own garden, and what a service it is to have the superb plantsmanship of these two gifted designers collected here in this convenient way, all enhanced by excellent and prolific photography. It is a treasure trove of design ideas and should earn a place in the library of every serious gardener.
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HASH(0x93164e10) von 5 Sternen Beautiful reference book for plant species and cultivars that have done well in gardens round the world. 26. März 2014
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Dream Plants: Over 1200 beautiful and reliable plants for a natural garden is a beautiful well designed book intended to list plants that World Famous Garden Designers Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen have found to be reliable in their gardens.

The brief introduction and preface set the stage for a potpourri of plants from “tough perennials” to “playful” to Troublesome.” There comes a list of 1200 plants that these two world famous garden designers have selected as useful, reliable, sturdy, and mostly low maintenance in the many gardens they have designed. The few words are a good read. The 250 plus pictures of flowers are marvelously beautiful and details. The descriptions give zone, sun/shade preference, height and width, comments and some useful growing hints. The index appears complete. With the organization of this book, you can start with your problem area find plants to fit in most cases. They do not cover wetlands, or trees or large shrubs.

Recognizing that this book is intended for world wide audiences, the selections are at times a little strange, but their choices are well explained. Many of the plants are simple basic common. Many of the plants are unusual. In many cases the exact cultivar the authors used is listed with alternatives. Many of the plants we can only dream of as they are not in our zone or range. But the selections for even Zone 3 are plentiful and well done.

Is this the end all book on plant selection? No! However, this is a very useful, beautiful reference book with which to research plants you find in you local nurseries and stores and with to dream of gardens far away.. A local guide is still very necessary, whether a guide book, or a local plant expert.

A good book to have in any gardener's library.
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