Grasses for Gardens and Landscapes
by Neil Lucas
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Pub Date 30 May 2023 | Archive Date 11 Jul 2023
This design-forward guide profiles the best ornamental grasses for use in landscapes and gardens—along with advice for successful cultivation.
Ornamental grasses have long been a mainstay of contemporary planting design, as integral components of commercial and residential landscapes and naturalistic plantings. In GrassesforGardensandLandscapes, Neil Lucas profiles the best ornamental grasses available today and details how to design with them in different settings. This comprehensive guide is filled with expert maintenance techniques and lists of grasses suitable for a variety of situations. An A to Z of grasses includes details on growth and care, as well as the best cultivars currently available.
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After spending some serious time with this book, I have come the conclusion that this is (so far) the penultimate book on designing and landscaping with grasses. Neil Lucas strikes the balance between inspiration and instruction in one beautiful book. You can visit all the Piet Oudolf gardens and try to figure out how he does it or you can buy this book (but still visit the gardens because... you know... gardens are fun to see!)
Two things stand out:
First, this book incorporates design thinking. For the home gardener/landscaper who is looking to move towards using grasses in their landscaping, the author works through the thought process using examples and careful explanations of how the design is worked into the space/landscape.
Second, the author takes a generous cross section of climates and challenges and shows you not just how to plant, but what to plant. I live in a high desert climate, and read this book because I wanted to move towards a lower water landscape solution, and wanted to give my property modern, plant based xeriscape that looks high end instead of just dumping a pile of rocks on my lawn and calling it a day. I found a great starter plan, plant recommendations, and ideas for matrix planting all in the pages of this book. I could have used this book when I lived in the humid American Midwest with a shady lawn and also when I lived in an urban home just outside of Seoul, South Korea. If you can identify your climate zone, you'll be able to use the information in this book to work out a plan.
Thanks for the advance copy of this book.
I am trying to incorporate more grasses into my landscape as my home is backing up to a preservation area.
This book will help in the choosing of the right plants that will be tolerant in my landscape.
Grasses for Gardens and Landscapes by Neil Lucas is an excellent resource for anyone interested in incorporating more grasses into their landscape. The book is filled with beautiful photographs and practical advice on how to choose and grow a variety of grasses that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly.
Neil Lucas, a renowned expert on grasses, shares his wealth of knowledge in this book, offering detailed information on the different types of grasses and their characteristics, as well as tips on how to plant and care for them. He also discusses how to use grasses in different landscape settings, such as meadows, borders, and containers, and how to combine them with other plants for a harmonious and sustainable garden.
Overall, Grasses for Gardens and Landscapes is an informative and inspiring read that will be of great help to anyone looking to enhance their landscape with grasses. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned gardener, this book is sure to provide you with the knowledge and inspiration you need to create a beautiful and sustainable garden.
Grasses are some of my favorite plants to include in my flower gardens and the landscaping of my property! They add a lot of depth without being too overwhelming! Grasses for Gardens and Landscapes was an incredibly informative guide to different grass types, which grasses would be best for your location and property and how to care for your grasses! It was filled with great pictures and great information! The book is a great tool for anybody beginning their grass gardening journey!