152 pages, 11 × 9.28 × 0.65 in
February 15, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0881924113
ISBN - 13: 9780881924114
Read from the Book
Smothering the ground with plants minimizes the possibility of weed seedlings becoming established. Any number of plants can be used in this way, as long as they are planted close enough together. The term ground cover is normally applied to low-growing plants used to fill in the spaces between other plants, but the lawn, the meadow and naturalistic plantings, already discussed, are all also examples of ground-cover plantings. Once established, ground covers are low on maintenance but initially, whilst the plants are developing, they can require a lot of attention, particularly the need to remove weed seedlings which appear between the plants.In less formal areas of our gardens the lawn may be replaced with ground-covering ornamental grasses as these usually require less maintenance. Also, lawn grasses often present problems when grown near to trees. Too much shade, or soil that is sucked dry by tree roots, are frequent causes of lawn failure. A well-chosen ground cover should in the long term generate less work and either look as good or better than the lawn it replaces,. The woodrushes are an ideal evergreen candidate for a wide range of difficult garden situations. Luzula sylvatica will rapidly cover the dry, shady ground under established trees, producing a lush and healthy sward about 45cm/18in high. Other less vigorous species might just as well be chosen. Where attractive white spring flowers are desirable, L. nivea, reaching a height of 30cm/12in, produces a neat and
From the Publisher
Ornamental grasses are among the most versatile and sophisticated of garden plants. Planted as single specimens in beds or on the terrace in a container, grasses are striking focal points. Smaller forms bring rhythm and diversity to mixed borders, and clumping forms richly carpet the ground. This beautifully illustrated book by two imaginative garden designers will provide equal measures of information and inspiration.
About the Author
Michael King is a garden designer, photographer, and author who runs a garden advice bureau from Amsterdam. He is constantly evaluating new garden perennials and new ideas in landscape and garden design, and his ongoing areas of research include the latest trends in planting design and the introduction of garden worthy perennials. A British native, he became immersed in his lifelong passion for gardens and plantsmanship while working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as secretary to the board of trustees. In addition to designing gardens, he has written many articles on plants and planting design and is the author of five books.
Piet Oudolf is among the world's most innovative garden designers and a leading exponent of naturalistic planting, a style that takes inspiration from nature but employs artistic skill in creating planting schemes. Oudolf's extensive work over 30 years of practice includes public and private gardens all over the world. He is best known for his work on the High Line and Battery Park in New York, the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park, Potters Field in London, and his own private garden at Hummelo in the Netherlands.
Shows us how to use these graceful plants with flair and intelligence...
...It will be the rare gardener who comes away from "Gardening with Grasses" without a determination to make his or her garden a grassier place. -- Thomas Fischer "Horticulture" (02/01/1998)