Design in the Plant Collector's Garden: From Chaos to Beauty (Turner R)
"All gardeners love plants but if you love them too much the chances are you will end up with a plant collection rather than a garden. ...Turner ... describes how to indulge a passion for collecting plants without forfeiting the joys of a coherent, well-designed garden. ... Over 200 eye-catching ... photographs highlight successful planting methods and illustrate the rewards (of) ... finding the perfect setting for a treasured plant. "
Designer Plant Combinations: 105 Stunning Gardens Using Six Plants or Fewer
"... inspires and delights with professionally designed combinations using just two to six plants. ... gardens of top designers ... and chose more than 100 combinations ... Riots of complementary colors, masses of grasses, foliage spectacles in extraordinary shades of green and purple, and height variations ... all featured in these exciting gardens ..."
Inspired: The Ideas That Shape & Create My Design (Durie J)
"Inspired traces the inspirations and influences behind Jamie Durie's award-winning garden and landscape designs. ... Abundant with stunning gardens, Jamie's personal photography, inspiring imagery and essential information on plants and materials throughout, Inspired also includes cameo profiles of international architects, designers, artists and sculptors who have been influential to Jamie's designs. "
Sharp Gardening (Holliday C)
"With a keen interest in spiky plants, Holliday argues that gardens don't have to look "nice" ó packed with delicate roses and pretty clematis. There is much to be said for a crisp, clean-lined planting style featuring swords, straps, and spikes. This book presents a careful selection of plants that are spiky, sharp, or brittle, whether in their stems, leaves, or flowers, so that gardeners can choose new and exciting plants that work well in their landscape."
The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design
(van Sweden J, Christopher T)
"'I want to put the mystery back into the heart of garden design, where it needs to be. Itís what lures you in through the gate, keeps you moving through the landscape, and fills you with excitement along the way. The sense of mystery is what turns a mere display of plants, paths, and ornaments into an adventure.' - James van Sweden"
The Essential Garden Design Workbook: Second Edition (Alexander R)
*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ***
"... guides the reader through every stage of planning a garden ... survey a site, ... choose landscaping materials ... develop planting schemes. ... green gardening ... harvest rainwater, ...design a green roof, tips on sustainable planting, and a guide to composting. ... easy ways to measure large spaces, estimate the height of a tree, and find the right proportions for a deck. ... tips on space, light, and color. ... easy-to-follow line drawings and diagrams."
The Garden Planner (Williams R)
"This handbook reveals the secrets of professional garden design, and then makes them accessible to everyone ... The book contains designs for gardens of all shapes and sizes, providing practical solutions for varying sites, circumstances and needs. With color plans and perspective realizations, Robin Williams gives readers the ability to see how the designs translate into three dimensions."