Worth its (considerable) weight in gold, the new Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs is for garden planners who want their shrubs to do more than just act as backdrops or planting bed anchors.
Planning and purchasing aside, all gardeners know that the enduring experience of landscapes is largely sensual. We have the tactile pleasures of using our fingers to tease apart root divisions or tuck plants into their pots, gently patting the earth around them with the hope of what’s to come. We gladly suffer the blisters, aches, and bug bites to walk barefoot across a carpet of moss or catch the first whiff of an unfurling rose.
As a seasoned and well-traveled garden writer, Noel Kingsbury has long observed the work and aesthetics of some of the leading designers of our time. So the prospect of him guiding us through their own gardens is one of great promise, even excitement. The result is a new title from Pavilion Books, Garden Designers at Home, in which Kingsbury and a legion of photographers reveal the personal gardens of 27 designers of international renown. Six are in Europe, 12 in Britain, and another six in the United States.