Beth Chatto is one of the great 'names' of gardening. Her knowledge is rooted in over 35 year's practical experience, and she is celebrated for her use of unusual perennials, as well as her mastery of difficult growing conditions. Beth's beautiful Essex garden, created from wasteland in the mid-1960s, is a world-renowned site where an extraordinary range of plants is cultivated. In this book she explains how she has used different natural variations of the site to create widely differing habitats. Her rules of planting are not difficult to follow: select the plants that will thrive naturally in the conditions you have in your garden, and successful cultivation should follow!
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Beth Chatto was born in Essex and has lived there ever since. She has written for most of the national press and gardening magazines, and has published several books, including The Dry Garden and The Damp Garden. Beth holds the Victoria Medal of Honour from the Royal Horticultural Society and in 1988 received an honourary doctorate from Essex University.From Publishers Weekly:
In this instructively focused tour of Chatto's celebrated gardens in Essex, England, the author demonstrates her guiding principles. Chatto's vision of gardening is defined by two influences: plant ecology ("Plants have their preferences") and Japanese garden design ("Surprise elements are necessary; shock tactics are not"). Chatto's passion is the play of shape, line and textureAwhich color may or may not enhance. But even more important is the garden's ecology of soil, light and air. After years of tracing garden plants back to their parents in the wild, Chatto knows the preferred growing conditions for individual species of perennials. This knowledge orders her gardens into habitats and her book into chapters: "The Entrance Garden," "The Water Garden," "The Open Walks," "The Shade Garden," "The Dry Garden." Amid what seems a crowd of plants, each chapter spotlights one or two of Chatto's favorites, such as hellebores, waterside grasses, ferns, euphorbias and fritillarias. This feature, along with a plant guide at the end of the book (where useful lists of companion plants join individual plant profiles), accompanies the lush, abundant photographs. A welcome reprise of the 1989 British title, this revision will suit American gardens in zones 4-7.
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