Foliage Plants: New and Revised Edition (Penguin gardening)

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9780140466973: Foliage Plants: New and Revised Edition (Penguin gardening)

If you want to make a satisfying garden you have to pay at least as much attention to foliage as to flowers. In this classic work gardening guru Christopher Lloyd tells us all we need to about using leaves in the garden - what to look for, what to avoid, shapes, sizes, habits, textures and colours. Writing with the skill and pleasure which distinguish his other classic, The Well Tempered Garden, he offers plants of every kind, from shrubs to grasses - evergreen and deciduous, hardy and tender, perennials and annuals, all of them worth growing for their foliage as well as for their flowers. He also suggests, with the aid of sketches and plans, what can be done with them in different positions, from the shady border to the sunny bed.

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BETH CHATTO (born 27/06/1923) is a plantswomen, gardener and writer. Whilst having no formal horticultural training, she was inspired by her parents' enthusiastic gardening, her husband's lifelong study of natural associations of plants, and friendship with the great plantsman and artist Sir Cedric Morris.She has won ten Gold Medals the Chelsea Flower Show and was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour (1987), the Lawrence Memorial Medal and an honorary doctorate from Essex University.She is the author of many books including her classics The Dry Garden (1978) and The Damp Garden (revised 2004) as well as Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden (2000) and Beth Chatto's Woodland Garden (2002). In 2002 she was awarded the OBE for her services to horticulture. A keen advocate of organic gardening, she has lectured worldwide. Beth lives in Colchester in Essex.CHRISTOPHER LLOYD was among the best informed, liveliest, most worthwhile gardening writers of our time and the author of a host of classics. He lived in Northiam, East Sussex and died in January 2006.FERGUS GARRETT, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, first worked at the Beth Chatto Gardens as a student, over twenty years ago, and has remained a close friend of Beth's ever since.

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Reading his books, you find a friend. Suddenly the sharpness is directed at other people, and the voluminous brain is at your service. Independent on Sunday Few other authors can teach you as much about the practical nuts and bolts of horticulture, and above their sheer enjoyability these are invaluable referemce books, made all the more useful by being well indexed. BBC Gardens Illustrated If you haven't read it yet, now's your chance! English Garden Christopher Lloyd remains our most readable and entertaining gardening writer. Even those who can never aspire to his gardening heights will relish his many books. 'Foliage Plants' shows him at his opiniated best. Oldie Full of good advice and acute observation. Irish Garden Packed with advice on which foliage plants to grow for maximum effect in situations such as shady beds, against walls and in mixed borders. Daily Mail

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