Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 5, 2007 - Gardening - 304 pages
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"This is a great reference book for planting design, which is an arena where so many of us are hugely challenged. Information in it is well written, engaging, useful, accessible, and original."
-- Holly H. Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden

"A unique blend of classic planting-design principles and ecological plant-selection criteria."
-- Scot Medbury, President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

"After reading the book, you will be able to experiment with nature and use its myriad of facets to make your own original statement. You will be ready to take risks and design exciting and original gardens."
-- From the Foreword by James A. van Sweden, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

A comprehensive guide to the "high art" of designing mixed bed plantings

When done successfully, mixed beds represent the pinnacle of planting design -- a living work of art in which small trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, bulbs, tropicals, and groundcovers combine to create a true feeling of place. Professional Planting Design initiates you into the principles of planting design and helps you develop the ability to think about the planting design process, so that you can develop your own effective compositions that sustain multi-seasonal interest.

Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, Professional Planting Design covers the basics as well as the advanced concepts of planting design including: selecting plant characteristics, types of mixed bed plantings, structuring and composing mixed beds, creating mixed palettes for seasonal variation, designing in elevation and plan view, and choosing plants. You'll find coverage of design, landscape architecture, and horticulture interwoven throughout the guide, along with detailed steps for developing mixed bed planting compositions at a variety of scales for projects on both residential and commercial sites.

Clear and concise yet thorough, this book will supplement your talent with the knowledge you need to create harmonious mixed plantings in the landscape that will provide continual interest throughout the seasons.

  

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In almost every landscape architect's office, you can find two kinds of people: the designers who layout the design and do the color renderings and presentation drawings, and the horticulturists who select the plants. This book will give you a good understanding of both the design and horticultural aspects of planting design, especially the latter. It is also a very practical book. It'll leave you something useful that you can actually apply in you daily landscape practice after you read it. Copyright 2007 Gang Chen, author of "Planting Design Illustrated" 

Contents

Mixed Planting Bed Types
12
Permanent vs Temporary Plantings
35
Elements of Composition 38 The Language of Design
50
Structuring and Adorning the Mixed Planting Composition
69
Imposing a Planting Structure 70 Incorporating Leaf Characteristics
81
Punctuating with Decorative Plants 73 Using Foliage Color
89
FormBased Approach to Mixed Planting Design
101
Creating the Beds
125
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175
Specifying Plants by Their Characteristics
207
Specifying Characteristics 208 Creating a Memorable Impression
226
Planning for Succession 218 Keeping It Simple
234
Understanding Soils 238 Giving Plants Room to Grow
246
Selecting Plants 252 Conclusion
254
Index
261
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About the author (2007)

Scott C. Scarfone, ASLA, is a principal at Oasis Design Group, a landscape architecture, planning, and design firm he founded in historic Fells Point in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an instructor in the continuing education programs at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, and Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. He frequently lectures around the country on various topics including garden design, planting design, and garden travel. Scott is a registered landscape architect and a certified professional horticulturist with a specialization in herbaceous perennials.

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