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Beautifully presented and such a pleasure to read. The author is very knowledgeable and I love his style of writing which is down to earth and refreshing. There is practical advice which touches on some basic design tricks on creating a beautiful space, no matter what size your garden is. I absolutely recommend this book!
Really learned a lot ... nicely layed out, inspiring gardens visited and analysed. Did feel that encouraging people to have lots of pots that need watering everyday might be a problem if you want to go away.
All aspects of current environmentally-friendly gardening are in this book. How to combine cottage and perennial border styles, with judicious use of plants in containers, are presented in detail. Beautifully illustrated and formatted, this book should be essential for both newcomer and established gardeners alike.i
I was very excited when I saw the book announcement and preordered it. Now that it has arrived, I am feeling kinda..meh about it. The first third or so of the book on the cottage garden and the perennial garden are interesting, but most of what follows is a very basic discussion of container gardening. I think this book is great for folks who are getting into gardening and want to put up lots of containers, but I had hoped more of a conceptual discussion of combining cottage gardens with perennial gardens.
I feel a bit like the grumpy grinch seeing all the happy reviewers, but I also wish the book would have been a bit bigger in format. Pictures are small and details can be difficult to discern. I also wasn't too happy with the emphasis on grasses. I know, they are "modern" and what's "in" right now when it comes to gardening, but I wish there would have been a bigger emphasis on planting a pollinator-friendly garden, which seems to be closer to the philosophy of a cottage and perennial gardens.
If you are a novice, like container gardens, and/or grasses, this book is for you. Unfortunately, for me, not what I had expected and was looking for.