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Planting the Natural Garden

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I love this gardening book for so many reasons!  The photos are inspiring (and don't look like the 'regular' gardens I see everywhere), the Latin names are provided with plenty of information, and the focus is on perennials, which I  adore!
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There are lots of books about planting native plants and making "natural gardens."  But this one is not only a classic, but very different.  A new edition of a book previously published in 1990, it focuses primarily on perennials with a nice additional section on ornamental grasses.  The plant profiles included are not your average "new release" hybrids, but rather more traditional but sturdy cultivars of popular perennials.  I can't wait to see if I can find these for my garden next year.  A list of nurseries both in Europe and North America is included at the end of the book.  
Another unique feature of this book is the section on design, called "Uses."  I am the first to admit that I have no design talent whatsoever.  Most landscape design books don't hold my interest.  But this treatment is very practical and versatile.  I actually learned some things that I'll apply in my own landscape.  The introduction to this section is followed by several themes that include photos and a list of species that would work for the theme.  The themes include Lush, Airy, Tranquil, Exuberant--theme names that really reflect the designs.  There are also several design diagrams included, but it would have been more helpful to see the finished product with them.  I can't envision them just from the diagram.  
An outstanding resource for anyone who wants to plan a landscape that doesn't look like all the other landscapes in the neighborhood.  Highly recommended!
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An amazing book, full of wonderful illustrations and perfect for any keen gardener like me.
I loved this book, it was informative and entertaining and a pleasure for the eyes.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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A good reference book although a little overwhelming at times. As a very much of an amateur when it comes to gardening, I was hope to get more ideas and thoughts about creating a garden to attract more birds and butterflies, and there is a little of that in this book., but mainly more of an alphabetical listing of plants, using the scientific names, which sadly also turned me off a bit. Would recommend, but not exactly what I was looking for. Would be a useful book of reference in any gardeners' library.
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When a super-speed reader is finding herself sitting in front of the a/c in OCTOBER as it is so hot and humid in Canada, she gets a lot of reviews done!														
I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  														
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.														
“If the world of gardening has rock stars, Piet Oudolf qualifies as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Prince rolled into one.” —Gardenista

The original publication of Planting the Natural Garden ushered in a revolution in landscape design: the New Perennial Movement. Spearheaded by internationally renowned designer Piet Oudolf, and incisively articulated by the late plantsman and designer Henk Gerritsen, it transformed private and public spaces with its emotionally resonant, naturalistic use of hardy perennials and grasses.
Now this classic has been expanded and updated to include scores of new plants and combinations. Packed with practical information and visual inspiration, Planting the Natural Garden zeroes in on the New Perennial Movement’s power to move us, making its distinctive plant palette available to all. For enthusiasts of these vibrant landscapes, it is an essential text; for gardeners who love the dreamy moods and colours that Oudolf and Gerritsen celebrate, it’s the key to a magic kingdom of garden beauty.

This is a beautiful book chock full of ideas and examples of beautiful gardens and bringing them alive with perennials.  The ideas are concrete and achievable to anyone with space and money - i.e. not me.  LOL.  A beautiful gift book for the gardener in your life - just before holiday gift-giving time and the perfect time to plan your 2020 garden!
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You can tell that this is an updated book from one that was published some time ago, because it reminds me very much of garden books I had years ago (and not in a good way). While the authors are clearly experts in the field and gifted at designing natural gardens, the book is mostly a sort of encyclopedia of perennials but only of the few that can be packed in with descriptions of the hundreds of thousands of choices. There are color photos but not of all the plants recommended, which had me constantly scrolling back and forth to see if one that sounded good was pictured (it generally was not). It's also written for the European gardener, which means there are no garden zones and many of the plants won't work in my Minnesota garden -- and I have no information about whether each one will or won't. Lastly, the photos really remind me of garden photos from older books. They are accurate but uninspiring.

A good read for really dedicated perennial lovers, but probably one to check out from the library.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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Wonderful photos of plants and gardens designed using them. make this a valuable reference, likely to be even better enjoyed in the traditional book format than the KIndle version provided by Netgalley as an ARC.  The progression from focus on  individual perennials and grasses to garden designs using these plants to create varied atmospheres and finally to actual design.  Listings of plants to use to create each of the different atmospheres along with photos illustrating their use provide guidance.   After visiting Laurie Gardens in Chicago, the book provided an idea about the plants used in Oudolf’s designs.  I am looking forward to visiting NYC to visit the Highline someday soon.
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