Planting Design Handbook

ISBN-10: 0754677168

ISBN-13: 9780754677161

Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)

Authors: Nick Robinson

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Since the first edition was published in 1992, Nick Robinson's Planting Design Handbook has been widely used as a definitive text on landscape architecture courses throughout the world. It examines the horticultural, ecological and aesthetic characteristics of plants, discusses the structural and decorative roles of planting, spatial composition, species selection, planting plans and spacing, and the vital role of management. With its fresh look at aesthetic principles and its analysis of the design process, it reveals how a systematic approach can allow the greatest freedom for the creative imagination. This third edition still provides a complete examination of both the principles and the practice of design with plants, for public, institutional and private landscapes, but is fully revised and updated, taking account of developments in professional practice and reflecting a variety of media and approaches currently used. It incorporates conceptual design approaches to planting, a range of design methods as well as tried and tested analytical and objective procedures, and a wide range of new international examples of planting design. The ecological basis for planting design has been broadened to include examples from warm temperate and subtropical vegetation types as well as those of the cool temperate and Mediterranean climate area. The layout of the book is clear and spacious, with colour illustrations. While retaining the beautiful and detailed line drawings of the Chinese architect and painter Jia-Hua Wu, it includes an international range of new photographs and professional drawings, updated since the second edition. These illustrate a range of media now effective and useful in professional practices of various sizes.
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 348
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface to the Second Edition
Why Design?
Planting Design - an Expression of Function
Planting Design as Management of Natural Vegetation Processes
Planting Design for Aesthetic Pleasure
What is Successful Planting Design?
Plants as a Medium for Design
Plants as Living Materials
Environmental Factors
Cycles of Plant Growth and Development
The Landscape Designer's View of Plants
Plants as Spatial Elements
Plants as Ornament
Plant Selection
Functional and Aesthetic Considerations in Design
Spatial Characteristics of Plants
Spatial Functions of Plants in the Human Landscape
Ground-level Planting (Carpeting Plants)
Shrubs and Herbaceous Plants Below Knee Height (Low Planting)
Knee to Eye Level Planting (Medium Height Planting)
Planting Above Eye Level (Tall Shrub/Small Tree Planting)
Tree Planting
Creating Spaces with Plants
The Experience of Space
The Use of Spaces
The Elements of Spatial Composition
Degree of Enclosure
Permeability of Enclosure
Vertical Proportion
Symmetric Focus
Asymmetric Focus
Focus on the Boundary
External Focus
Composite Landscape
Spatial Organizations
Linear Organizations
Clustered Organizations
Contained Organizations
Hierarchy of Spaces
Hierarchy According to Function
Transitions between Abutting Spaces
Transitions between Interlocking Spaces
Transitional Spaces
Entrance Zones
Visual Properties of Plants
Subjective and Objective Responses to Plants
The Analysis of Visual Characteristics
Prostrate and Carpeting Forms
Hummock, Dome and Tussock Forms
Erect or Ascending Form
Arching Form
Palm Form
Succulents and Sculptural Form
Oval Upright Form
Conical Form
Fastigiate and Columnar Forms
Tabulate and Level Spreading Form
Open Irregular Form
Trained Form
Line and Pattern
Ascending Line
Pendulous Line
Horizontal Line
Diagonal Line
The Quality of Line
Fine Texture
Coarse Texture
Medium Texture
Colour Perception
Colour Effects
Visual Energy
Combining Plants
Principles of Visual Composition
Five Principles of Visual Composition
Harmony and Contrast
Emphasis and Accent
Movement and Viewing Angles
Unity and Diversity in Planting Design
Planting Ideas
Plant Assemblages
Plant Communities
Forest Structures
Two Principles
Designing with Canopy Layers
Some Typical Canopy Structures
Deciduous Cool Temperate Communities (Europe and North America)
Three-layer Canopy Structures
Two-layer Canopy Structures
Single-layer Canopy Structures
Evergreen Temperate Communities (New Zealand)
Emergent Trees/Tree Canopy I Sub-canopy I Shrub Layer/Herb Layer
Tree Canopy I Shrub and Sapling Layer/Herb Layer
Bush Canopy I (Shrub and Sapling Layer)/(Field Layer)
Low Tree Canopy I Shrub and Sapling Layer/Field Layer
Shrubland Communities
Herb-dominated Communities
Design Interpretation
Horticultural Factors in Plant Associations
Growth Requirements
Relative Competitiveness
Mode of Spread
Increase by Seed
Vegetative Increase
Longevity and Life Cycles
Plant Knowledge
A Method for Planting Design
Initial Contact With the Client
Understanding: Gathering and Organizing Information
The Landscape Assessment
Synthesis - Generating and Organizing Ideas
Planting Policies
Design Concept
Schematic Planting Design
Sketch Planting Proposals
Detailed Planting Design
Working Drawings
Learning Through the Design Process
Structure Planting
Forest and Woodland
Designing Forest and Woodland
What Functions will the Forest or Woodland Perform?
What Canopy Structure is Ultimately Required?
What are the Soil and Climatic Conditions?
What Forest Species Already Grow Successfully Nearby?
How Will the Forest or Woodland be Perpetuated?
Planting Mixes
High Forest/High Canopy Woodland
Layer Components
Nurse Crops
Developing a Planting Mix
Constituents of the Mix
Mix Proportions
Spacing and Setting Out
Subsidiary Mixes
Low Forest/Low Woodland
Shrub Thicket
Woodland Scrub
High Scrub
Tall Edge
Low Edge
Outlying Groups
Clumps and Copses
Woodland and Forest Belts
Hedges and Hedgerows
Urban and Garden Hedges
Perimeter Hedging
Avenue Species
Setting Out and Spacing
Trained Trees and Vines
Ornamental Planting
General Planting Areas
Layout of Planting Areas
Planting Arrangement
Canopy Layers
Successional Growth
Composition and Scale
Accent Groups
Planting Patterns
Ecological Ornamental Planting
Plant Spacing
Setting Out
Raised Planting and Container Planting
Walls, Pergolas, Trellis and other Vine Supports
Ornamental Planting in Specialized Habitats
References and Further Reading
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