Author(s): Elspeth Thompson
There has been a quiet revolution in country gardens, with country dwellers creating exciting new outside spaces. Plants remain at the heart of these gardens, but are used in strikingly new ways - with a wild mix of height, scale and colour. Traditional cottage garden flowers meet bold, architectural plants; evergreens come in new, graphic shapes; colours are stronger. The book explores the themes that characterize the new country garden. In "A Plant Lover's Paradise", the cottage garden has been given a bold new look, while "New Formal Gardens" are elegantly modern. "Family Gardens" are spaces where children's play harmonizes with adults' relaxation, and in "Wildlife Gardens", grasses and wildflowers flourish beautifully. The book includes the Elements of these gardens: designing space, garden features, water, and perfect plants.
Elspeth Thompson writes about gardening for the Sunday Telegraph Magazine and two collections of her columns have been published as The Urban Gardener and A Tale of Two Gardens. Melanie Eclare is one of today's most popular garden photographers. Her books include Glorious Gardens of Ireland, New Decorated Garden and, with Tom Petherick, Heligan, A Portrait of the Lost Gardens.