Gardening with Foliage First: 127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More

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Timber Press, Jan 25, 2017 - Gardening - 324 pages
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Create a foliage-driven garden that dazzles!
Although seductive, flowers, by their fleeting nature, are a fickle base to provide long-lasting gardens with year-round interest. Tackle this problem with the advice in Gardening with Foliage First. Learn how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements as the finishing touches. This simple, recipe-style approach to garden design features 127 combinations for both sunny and shady gardens that work for a variety of climates and garden challenges.

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Karen Chapman’s love of gardening led her to establish her container and landscape design business, Le Jardinet, in 2006. She writes garden-related articles for online and print publications, and her work has been featured in national magazines, including Fine Gardening and Better Homes and Gardens. Karen is also an instructor for Craftsy and a popular speaker at garden clubs, nurseries, and garden shows across the United States. She lives on five rural acres in Duvall, Washington, where she is trying to create her dream garden—despite the deer. Her website is

Christina Salwitz is a horticulturist with a passion for the use of color in design. Her Seattle-area business, The Personal Garden Coach, helps gardeners of all skill levels to achieve their gardening dreams with flair and originality. Christina’s containers and writing have been featured in many publications including Better Homes & Gardens and Fine Gardening, and she is a regular speaker at garden clubs, horticultural shows, botanic gardens, and nurseries all over North America. She tests her crazy design ideas in her Renton, Washington, garden, determined to perfect the art of “cramscaping” as many luscious plants as possible into a small suburban lot. Her blog is

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