Professional Planting Design An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings

ISBN-10: 0471761397
ISBN-13: 9780471761396
Edition: 2007
List price: $80.00
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List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

"This is a great reference book for planting design, which is an arena where so many of us are hugely challenged. Information in it is well written, engaging, useful, accessible, and original." -- Holly H. Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden "A unique blend of classic planting-design principles and ecological plant-selection criteria." -- Scot Medbury, President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden "After reading the book, you will be able to experiment with nature and use its myriad of facets to make your own original statement. You will be ready to take risks and design exciting and original gardens." -- From the Foreword by James A. van Sweden, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates A comprehensive guide to the "high art" of designing mixed bed plantings When done successfully, mixed beds represent the pinnacle of planting design -- a living work of art in which small trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, bulbs, tropicals, and groundcovers combine to create a true feeling of place. "Professional Planting Design" initiates you into the principles of planting design and helps you develop the ability to think about the planting design process, so that you can develop your own effective compositions that sustain multi-seasonal interest. Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, "Professional Planting Design" covers the basics as well as the advanced concepts of planting design including: selecting plant characteristics, types of mixed bed plantings, structuring and composing mixed beds, creating mixed palettes for seasonal variation, designing in elevation and plan view, and choosing plants. You'll find coverage of design, landscape architecture, and horticulture interwoven throughout the guide, along with detailed steps for developing mixed bed planting compositions at a variety of scales for projects on both residential and commercial sites. Clear and concise yet thorough, this book will supplement your talent with the knowledge you need to create harmonious mixed plantings in the landscape that will provide continual interest throughout the seasons.

Foreword
Foreword
Introduction
Planting Design: A Unique Design Profession
Practicing the Art of Mixed Planting Design
Mixed Planting Basics
Mixing and Matching
Evolution of a Planting Style
The Theory Behind Mixed Plantings: The Role of Dynamism and Diversity
Making the Most of the Mix
The Role of Plant Functionality in Design
Mixed Planting Bed Functions
Mixed Planting Bed Types
Cultural and Maintenance Considerations as Part of the Design Process
Moving on with the Planting Design Process
The Power of Succession
Planning for Succession
Components of the Mixed Planting
Permanent vs. Temporary Plantings
Applying Design Fundamentals to Planting Design
Elements of Composition
Using Color in the Landscape
The Language of Design
Structuring and Adorning the Mixed Planting Composition
Imposing a Planting Structure
Punctuating with Decorative Plants
Working with Plant Forms
Incorporating Leaf Characteristics
Using Foliage Color
Maintaining Seasonal Interest
Form-Based Approach to Mixed Planting Design
Understanding Form Relationships
Blocking a Design Pattern
Creating Mass: Grouping and Arranging
Assembling the Abstract Composition
Evaluating the Composition
Designing in Plan View: Creating the Beds
Going Horizontal
Grouping Plants: Developing Masses
Calculating Bed Depth
Establishing the Bed Line
Developing a Design Theme
Using a Grid
Conclusion
Composing and Structuring a Mixed Bed
Layering as Part of the Planning Process
Locating the Plants
Identify Locations of Structure Plants
Add Theme Plants
Insert Accents or Focal Points
Infill or Filler Plantings
Understanding the Importance of Massing to the Planting Composition
Factoring in Maintenance
Conclusion
Specifying Plants by Their Characteristics
Specifying Characteristics
Planning for Succession
Creating a Memorable Impression
Keeping It Simple
Understanding the Planting Environment
Understanding Soils
Exposure to the Elements
Accounting for Growth Behavior
Giving Plants Room to Grow
Exploiting Plant Genetics
Conclusion
Completing the Process: Selecting the Plants
Selecting Plants
Maintaining the Composition
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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