Garden Design with Foliage: Ferns and Grasses, Vines and Ground Covers, Annuals and Perennials, Trees and Shrubs

Judy Glattstein, Author, Gwen W. Steege, Editor Storey Books $17.95 (216p) ISBN 978-0-88266-686-0
Many gardeners would concede that leaf shape or even color is not their first concern in choosing a flower or shrub to plant. But Glattstein's book may persuade them that leaves should be right up there with flower color and season of bloom as a deciding factor. For if they dismiss foliage as frippery, gardeners may be left with only ``haystacks'' for company after blooms fade (or, for want of sun, fail to emerge at all). Her design points are illustrated with spot line drawings, and plans--as well as detailed descriptions--accompany the selection of gardens. After introductory chapters on leaf form, color and seasonal interest, with charts for each, Glattstein devotes most of her book to a plant dictionary, covering everything from trees, shrubs and ground covers to ferns, flowers (annual and perennial) and vines. Although most of the plants are not novel, their inclusion--and the author's savvy information--may cause a renewal of interest. The closing chapter covers the nitty-gritty of planting, preparation and maintenance. Glattstein is a journalist and lecturer. Photos not seen by PW. Garden Book Club main selection. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 12/02/1991
Release date: 12/01/1991
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