160 pages, 9 x 10.5; 180 full-color photographs.
Author: David Stuart
For any gardener who is unsure of what to grow or how to put plants together in coherent planting schemes, this book provides answers. Many of the garden plans and plantings included are simplified versions of those created by great gardeners such as Vita Sackville-West, Margery Fish, and Piet Oudolf. The author's extensive knowledge of period plants, and how they were put together to look beautiful, has enabled him to re-create historical classics, like the Renaissance parterre or the Monet water garden, from contemporary planting lists and plans. Each garden is given a brief historical context, and its best qualities, seasons, and times of day are explained. Planting plans are given for each scheme, together with a shopping list that can be taken to a nursery. The book includes suggestions for adapting each plan to the limitations of a given space, and how to adapt the shopping list as well. Classic Garden Plans will be invaluable to any gardener who wants to design a garden with powerful historical associations, filled with authentic plants.
About the Author
David Stuart is co-owner of Plants from the Past, a nursery specializing in antique garden plants. He has been a garden columnist for The Scotsman, the Sunday Times, The Obeserver and The Independent. He has written and photographed for many magazines, including Gardens Illustrated and Country Homes and Interiors, and is the author of many successful books. He lives in Scotland.