The Creative Shrub Garden

The Creative Shrub Garden

Eye-catching Combinations for Year-round Interest

Book - 2014 | 1st ed
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Home gardeners know the key elements to a well-designed garden: perennials that bloom year after year, annuals that add a burst of color, and bulbs that guarantee spring flowers. But what about shrubs?what role should these hardy plants play? The Creative Shrub Garden by Andy McIndoe puts the shrub in its rightful place?front and center. This groundbreaking approach shows you how to make the most of the many benefits of shrubs?including their hardiness, year-long beauty, size, and low-maintenance nature?by making them the main element in a garden design. McIndoe teaches you the basics first, with tips on choosing shrubs based on a garden?s size, determining soil and climate needs, and pruning and maintenance. He then offers hundreds of shrub combinations that work with 15 main garden styles, including coastal, cottage, Mediterranean, tropical, urban, and more. The Creative Shrub Garden celebrates a plant that is too often taken for granted and gives gardeners the confidence to use shrubs in the design-forward treatment they deserve.
Publisher: Portland : Timber Press, ©2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781604694345
Branch Call Number: 635.976 MCI 2014
Characteristics: 247 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Apr 10, 2019

Combinations of shrubs are interesting with good info on each shrub or plant; HOWEVER there are no zones listed for any of the plants, AND all the photographs are close-up details, not showing the shrub’s shape, and very few photos of shrubs together to show how they look with other shrubs. Lone Pine’s “Tree and Shrub Gardening for Washington and Oregon” by Alison Beck and Marianne Binetti is a better resource for this. [The author’s newer “Shrubs” book (2018) does include zones, has a few more photos of shrubs together, and is an excellent resource.]

Dec 03, 2014

I was disappointed in this book because it basically listed individual shrubs & their characteristics and groups of shrubs that combined well. There were very few pictures of actual gardens with shrubs or suggested layouts. Also, based on the title, I had visions of Edward Scissorhands--that would have been MUCH more interesting.

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