am 7. August 2001
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.