Designing with Grasses

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Timber Press, Apr 21, 2011 - Gardening - 276 pages
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Designing with Grasses shows gardeners not just what grasses are available, but how to design with grasses in different settings, including meadows, lawns, green roofs, and more. Design ideas are supported by carefully devised maintenance techniques, design checklists that make designing achievable by gardeners of all ability levels, and lists of grasses best for a variety of situations, including low-maintenance, drought-tolerant alternatives to the traditional lawn grasses and grasses suitable for green roofs and erosion control. An encyclopedic A to Z of grasses includes profiles with information on growth and care.
 

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User Review  - Deborah Broocker - Book Verdict

This work is for gardeners who desire a less formal look requiring less maintenance than traditional turf lawns or who wish to breathe new character into their property. Lucas, owner of Knoll Gardens ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
6
Acknowledgements
8
Discovering Grasses
11
A Natural Community of Grasses
21
Designing with Grasses
35
From Wild Grasslands to the Garden
53
Reinventing the Classic Plant Border A Naturalistic Experiment
69
Right Grass Right Place
85
Looking After Grasses
147
Directory of Grasses and Grasslike Plants
163
Hardiness Zones
257
Where to Buy Grasses
259
Planting Distances and Densities
260
References
262
Resources
263
Index of Plant Names
265

Grasses for a Greener World
125

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About the author (2011)

Neil Lucas is a world authority on ornamental grasses, owner of Dorset-based Knoll Gardens, RHS council member and senior judge, author, and holder of ten consecutive Chelsea Flower Show gold medals. He founded The Knoll Gardens Foundation to further test wildlife gardening principles. Lucas runs regular masterclasses, lectures internationally, and makes television appearances.

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