Author(s): LLOYD CHRISTOPHER
This book follows on from the classic The Well-tempered Garden, and is a vivid, readable masterclass in the art of planting from the writer who has done more than anyone to refine our taste and stimulate our imaginations. I can thoroughly recommend this book to any gardener; your life will be the richer and your garden more beautiful for it.
Taking his own garden as his example, but referring also to other gardens he knows well, Christopher Lloyd shows us how to select and combine plants for symphonies of shape and form over a long period of interest. Using plants that flower at different times, or have attractive foliage, we can layer and weave so that as one plant passes its best another takes over the show. I haven't explained this every well; Christopher Lloyd does, however.
Great Dixter is a large and undoubtedly spectacular garden, one most of us could only dream of emulating. Yet, even though most of the many photographs are taken there, the suggestions Llloyd puts forward could be carried out in even the most modest garden, and the illustrations concentrate on the individual characteristics of the chosen flower and foliage combinations, not the delicious infrastructure of old buildings and topiary which we cannot aspire to.
One matter to note; this book was fisrt published in the mid-80s, before the revolution in colour printing of recent years. In the introduction, Christopher Lloyd says he would have liked to include even more photos, "but colour printing is expensive". Everywhere you open the book there are photos, often full page, but the quality of the printing isn't as high as we've now become accustomed to. In its day this was an expensive and lavishly illustrated book, and we should bear this in mind when being critical.
Very good copy