Design-a-Garden Book and Kit: Plan Your Dream Garden with 150 Mix-and-Match Moveable Plant Stickers You Can Layer, Arrange – and Rearrange! by Michelle Gervais
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is a useful book for the gardener who knows their plants and wants to gain a better sense of garden design. I am not sure that it's best suited for a total novice, since the illustrations don't quite capture the nature of some of the plants. On the other hand, photographing plants to illustrate the author's structure and design points might have been extremely difficult. This book offers the ability to visualize designs with reusable clings and a planning board. For many garden designers, this will be useful, especially since the author is giving us a sense of the scale of the mature plants. One of the hardest aspects of planning for new garden designers is getting that sense of scale. When you buy young plants, you may incorrectly estimate final height, spoiling a design as the plants grow in. This book can potentially save the gardener that frustration. The author emphasizes the importance of defining structure with all-season plants and filling in with seasonal blooming plants for added color. All in all, a useful book!
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