Grasses: Choosing and Using These Ornamental Plants in the
Garden by Roger Grounds and Andrew
Grasses are the keynote plants of twenty-first century
gardening. They provide year-round interest and are hugely versatile offering a
diversity of size, form, colour and texture unsurpassed by any genus. They are
treasured for the way they seem to capture light and bring structure and
movement to gardens of any size.
A relative newcomer, a hundred years ago
gardeners only had the choice of eight or ten ornamental grasses. Now thanks to
nurserymen, breeders and collectors around the world there are several hundred
varieties. These cover an enormous range of sizes, textures and colours and are
suitable for almost any growing condition.
Informative and inspirational, this
book guides the reader through this wealth of choice selecting the grasses best
suited to various garden uses, habitats and design styles. Individual portraits
at the heart of the book capture the fluid, dynamic and evanescent beauty of the
different grasses, while photographs of borders and gardens illustrate a host of
ideas for growing them.
The possibilities are limited only by the imagination of
the gardener or designer.
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