Designing a Garden: A Guide to Planning and Planting Through the Seasons

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Camden House, 1992 - Gardening - 160 pages
"It is the desire for beauty that motivates most gardeners: the gradual building up of considered scenes, large or small; the arrangement or rearrangement of plants; the consideration of foliage texture and flower colour; the conscious celebrations of the seasons that are, for most of us, as close as we shall get to artistic expression." In Designing a Garden, author Allen Paterson invites us to indulge our need for beauty and to explore the creative rewards that linger tantalizingly just beyond our back doors. A longtime gardener and teacher of gardeners, Paterson believes that coherence is the key to garden design. To that end he advises on pathways, patios, terraces, raised beds and the materials with which one can best achieve a marriage of form and content. But the essential raw materials for Paterson are clearly the plants themselves, which he likens to "living furniture." Drawing on decades of experience, he brings to life the myriad gardening options available to us, including the perennial border, annuals, trees and shrubs, flowering bulbs, roses, the vegetable garden and "the garden room." Paterson's writing has the resonance of both history and expertise, but most important, it communicates his irrepressible delight in the creative act of simply bringing plants together, an enterprise he suggests is the perfect blend of art and science.

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