Summer Reading for Gardeners ~ Five Books to Inspire and Delight

Summer is the time readers and gardeners can really get out into the fresh air and embrace their passions under the sun.  Below are five recommendations for both the reader and the gardener out there; the former will get great joy out of wandering through the gardens mentioned; the latter may blessed with inspiration for their own corner of nature, no matter how small:

New Shade gardeningTitle ~ New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change
Author ~ Ken Druse
ISBN ~ 978-1617691041
Publisher ~ Stewart, Tabori and Chang
File Size ~ 92315 KB
Print Length ~ 256 pages
Text-to-Speech ~ Enabled

Description:  There is a new generation of gardeners who are planting gardens not only for their visual beauty but also for their ability to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In The New Shade Garden, Ken Druse provides this generation with a comprehensive guide to creating a shade garden with an emphasis on the adjustments necessary for our changing climate. Druse offers advice for common problems facing today’s gardeners, from addressing the deer situation to watering plants without stressing limited resources. Detailing all aspects of the gardening process, the book covers basic topics such as designing your own garden, pruning trees, preparing soil for planting, and the vast array of flowers and greenery that grow best in the shade. Perfect for new and seasoned gardeners alike, this wide-ranging encyclopaedic manual provides all the information you need to start or improve upon your own shade garden.

Paris GardensTitle ~ In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights
Author ~ Zahid Sardar
Photographer: Marion Brenner
ISBN ~ 978-1423632702
Publisher ~ Gibbs Smith
File Size ~ 142667 KB
Print Length ~ 264 Pages
Text-to-Speech ~ Enabled

Description:  Among the more than 30 great and small projects within In & Out of Paris are Vaux-le-Vicomte, Versailles, and Courances—all classic André Le Nôtre–style French gardens. Also discover the Paris gardens of celebrated artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and art aficionado Pierre Bergé, architect Kenzo Takada’s Japanese retreat in the Bastille, Australian couturier Martin Grant’s tiny terrace in the Marais, Mexican painter MariCarmen Hernandez’s Montmartre rooftop, and American architect Michael Herrman’s homage to Le Corbusier’s surreal ChampsÉlysées garden for bon vivant Charles de Beistegui.

Modern masters Louis Benech, Gilles Clement, Pascal Cribier, Christian Fournet, Camille Muller, Hugues Peuvergne, and Pierre-Alexandre Risser are also featured, representing a new era of experiments, color, and asymmetry in the Paris garden.

HighgroveTitle ~ Highgrove: An English Country Garden
Author ~ HRH The Prince of Wales and Bunny Guinness
ISBN ~ 978-0847845613
Publisher ~ Rizzoli
Print Length ~ 240 pages

Description: The pioneering demonstration of organic gardens planned and planted by the Prince of Wales over thirty years at Highgrove. The gardens at Highgrove are one of the world’s most celebrated examples of organic gardening, offering inspiration to generations of gardeners by showing that a gorgeous landscape through completely organic and earth-friendly means is truly possible. Like a personal tour through each of the seasons, the Prince of Wales, along with Bunny Guinness, describes the thinking behind each planting, lessons learned from trial and error, the highlights and triumphs, as well as future plans. Lavishly illustrated with photographs that capture both the light and detail of this majestic space, this beautiful book will delight and inspire gardeners of every level. It is an exquisite celebration of garden design, full of passion and inspiration.

on garden styleTitle ~ Bunny Williams On Garden Style
Author ~ Bunny Williams
ISBN ~ 978-1617691539
Publisher ~ Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Print Length ~ 288 pages

Description: In Bunny Williams on Garden Style, Williams visits impeccably designed gardens around the world, shedding light on the key components that make a garden so appealing and idyllic. For Williams, gardens offer an escape, and she imparts vital information on how to envision your garden and design a space that translates into a lush sanctuary reflecting your taste and style. Once you’ve imagined your garden, Williams offers advice for bringing it to fruition—the garden structure,” furnishing the space, and establishing an aesthetic. The book also includes plant lists, a reading list, and more. Filled with new photography of spectacular gardens, this latest volume is both a wonderful inspiration and a practical guide to gardening from one of the world’s most renowned design experts.

layered gardenTitle ~ The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage
Author ~ David L. Culp and Adam Levine
ISBN ~ 978-1604692365
Publisher ~ Timber Press
File Size ~ 38607 KB
Print Length ~ 312 pages
Text-to-Speech ~ Enabled

Description: Brandywine Cottage is David Culp’s beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering — interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.

The Layered Garden shows you how to recreate Culp’s majestic display. It starts with a basic lesson in layering — how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it. To illustrate how layering works, Culp takes you on a personal tour through each part of his celebrated garden: the woodland garden, the perennial border, the kitchen garden, the shrubbery, and the walled garden. The book culminates with a chapter dedicated to signature plants for all four seasons.

As practical as it is inspiring, The Layered Garden will provide you with expert information gleaned from decades of hard work and close observation. If you thought that a four-season garden was beyond your reach, this book will show you how to achieve that elusive, tantalizing goal.

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