Pots in the Garden: Expert Design and Planting Techniques
Container gardening has grown up! No longer a technique just for apartment dwellers or novice gardeners, the use of ornamental containers on decks, patios, terraces, and in the garden itself can save time, space, and money. More importantly, it offers experienced home gardeners unique creative challenges, site flexibility, and experimental fun. In fact, it's no exaggeration to say that attractive, well-planted containers are an essential component of today's gardens. "
Pots in the Garden: Expert Design and Planting Techniques" presents a fresh approach to container planting and design. Author and award-winning horticultuist Ray Rogers doesn't simply provide a finite number of "recipes" for specific planting combinations. Rather, he takes you on an engaging exploration into basic design principles, including how to use color, form and mass, texture, line and repetition, and spacing and siting, as well as how to create focal points, use water, exploit the potential of empty containers, and more. Rogers arms you with the knowledge to pick out and design your own plantings with confidance. Instead of falling back on familiar choices such as petunias, ivy-leaved geraniums, and trailing vinca in the window box, choose distinctive pots and develop planting combinations more suited to your garden's specific conditions, local climate, andyour own personal style.
Stunning photographs by Richard Hartlage provide guidance and inspiration, as well as help visually explain each principle. You don't have to be a professional designer or artist to understand this book. "Pots in the Garden" simply reflects one long-time gardener's accumulated thoughts on and experiences with container gardening and the basic principles behind good garden design.