Author(s): Tony Lord
RHS Encyclopaedia of Planting Combinations is the essential reference book for anyone wanting to combine plants according to shape, colour, texture, or form. This visionary planting guide features an A-Z of more than 1,000 great garden plants. Each plant is photographed in glorious partnership with one, two or three ideal companions, creating more than 4,000 of the most imaginative and visually effective combinations possible. With a practical introduction and analyses of what makes a successful combination, the authors show how to recreate combinations shown and invent new combinations of your own. With chapters on bulbs, climbers, perennials, shrubs, trees, roses, and annuals, this book has become the essential reference book for all those who wish to combine plants according to colour, shape, texture, and form in every corner of their gardens.
Fully revised and expanded edition with 48 pages of Great Planting Styles & Great Planting Designers, now available with a flexi binding; A definitive guide to more than 4,000 achievable combinations; Includes practical advice on creating your own schemes using colour, shape and form and the timing of the season; Combines all ornamental plants including trees, perennials, shrubs, bulbs, climbers, roses and annuals; The only 100% photographic guide to plant combining; Special photography by world-famous Andrew Lawson; Written by leading plant expert and RHS Plant Finder guru, Tony Lord; New easy-to-follow key for symbols that indicate ideal soil and growing conditions for all 1000 plants. Detailed information about which plants go best together according to location, soil type, climatic, and/or seasonal considerations.
"One of the most innovative and valuable garden reference books ever produced." - BBC Gardens Illustrated
Tony Lord is a gardening author, photographer and consultant with an expert eye for effective planting combinations. Formerly a Gardens Adviser to the National Trust, he edits The Royal Horticultural Society's annual Plant Finder, and lectures on plants, gardens and garden history. His books include Best Borders, winner of the Garden Writers' Guild 'Book of the Year' award for 1994, Gardening at Sissinghurst, and Designing with Roses. Andrew Lawson, photographer, was a major contributor to Highgrove, Portrait of an Estate by HRH The Prince of Wales, and as author and photographer has published Performance Plants, and The Gardener's Book of Colour. In 1999 he was named 'Garden Photographer of the Year' by the Garden Writers' Guild. Andrew Lawson lives in Oxfordshire.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK HARDINESS ZONES THE ART OF COMBINING PLANTS Assessing the site Choosing plants Scale and size Plant habit Plant form Plant texture The RHS Award of Garden Merit Colour in the garden Timing the season Planting beds and borders Allelopathy Aftercare GREAT PLANTING STYLES About planting styles Bedding Herbaceous borders Great planting designers: Nori and Sandra Pope Mixed borders Woodland planting Great planting designers: Beth Chatto Exotic planting styles Great planting designers: Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett Meadow planting Great planting designers: Dan Pearson Naturalistic gardens Great planting designers: Piet Oudolf Country style Great planting designers: Rosemary Verey Cottage gardens Great planting designers: Penelope Hobhouse Grasses Great planting designers: Oehme and van Sweden Mediterranean style Great planting designers: Tom Stuart-Smith Minimalist styles SHRUBS AND SMALL TREES Rhododendrons CLIMBERS Clematis ROSES Climbing & Rambler roses Old shrub roses Larger species and larger modern Shrub roses Hybrid Teas & Floribundas Smaller species & smaller modern Shrub roses Ground Cover roses PERENNIALS Geraniums Hostas Irises BULBS Tulips ANNUALS Dahlias COMMON PLANT NAMES INDEX AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS