- Gebundene Ausgabe: 144 Seiten
- Verlag: Timber Press (OR) (17. November 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0881924938
- ISBN-13: 978-0881924930
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 27 x 1,7 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 197.505 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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.
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.
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.
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.