The New Perennial Garden
Fashions in plants are always changing, and in the 1990s it is perennials which are grabbing all the attention. Conventional gardening can result in ... Show synopsis Fashions in plants are always changing, and in the 1990s it is perennials which are grabbing all the attention. Conventional gardening can result in beautiful but artificial borders that need a lot of maintenance to look their best. This book explores new ways of using perennials that work with rather than against nature. Drawing lessons from the way plant communities have established themselves in the wild all over the world, this book advocates planting schemes designed to suit the existing condition of individual gardens. It also recommends an informal planting style that echoes nature: structure is loose rather than tight, perennials are banded together rather than grouped in a rigid manner, and the frequency with which a species is used reflects its dominance in the wild. Once established, these environmentally-friendly plantings need minimal upkeep and require less watering, less feeding and fewer chemicals than the traditional garden. This guide shows how to enrich nature, drawing on familiar plants from all over the world to create natural and beautiful gardens. Noel Kingsbury is the author of "The Wild Flower Garden" and "The Indoor Gardener".