The Gardener’s Palette
Creating Colour Harmony in the Garden
by Jo Thompson; Royal Horticultural Society
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Pub Date 15 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2022
Everyone wants color in their garden, but each gardener’s preferred palette is unique. How do you choose the right one for your garden, and how do you find the plants that will help you fulfill your vision?
The Gardener’s Palette, published in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, shares an entirely new way for home gardeners to confidently incorporate color at home. Award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson offers 100 evocative and fresh palettes, pairs them with beautiful images of professionally designed gardens, and breaks them down with charts showing the exact plants used. Thompson also provides full growing specifications for every plant to allow home gardeners to successfully re-create these stunning gardens.
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I've read hundreds of gardening books, maybe more. I haven't read and viewed a gardening book that has given me this much uplifting joy. 'The Gardener's Palette' is the epitome of a gardening book. Its spectacular gorgeousness lets us swim in color, of why flowers and plants can awaken our souls, give them life and give those who love gardens the reason why we do. They create a magical place that can take our breath away and for some sit in a tranquil place to give respite to the soul. An oasis of peace away from the pain of the world, the harshness, gives soft beautiful light and an explosion of color that can cheer us up and put us in a better headspace.
The Gardener's Palette starts with a table of contents that you know just by reading it the reader is in for a treat. When I saw this book I knew it would be gorgeous but it was even more than I thought it would be. So many gardening books are the same ol same ol but this one knocks your socks off and wants you to see the soul of a garden. That magical spot every garden has. Cultivated or not.
The book as it is divided into complementary color palettes, it heads up with the color squares as if a designer would use talks about the plants used, their botanical name, zones, soil requirements, type, height, spread, and season, light, moisture and soil ph.
I lost my mind over 'Colour Love'. I now want to build a cottage and paint it buttercream yellow and plant all the color theories around that dwelling that this book conveys.
It's a stockpile of inspiration and motivation. Not that we all have the budget for these kinds of projects of these gardens pictured but giving one guidance on how we can create more beauty and put more beauty out into the world with just a little more thought of placement and color theory.
This book will be a treasured coffee table book for me when it comes out.
I would like to thank Net Galley, the publisher RHS for the opportunity to read and review this striking book of beauty.
Thank you, Timber Press, for the advance review copy.
This collection is like heaven for me!
The precious real pictures of the colourful flowers and their descriptions made me want to touch them. This collection is amazing for someone like me who's interested in gardening and flowering plants.
The Gardener’s Palette is a lushly illustrated and inspirational guide to colour harmony and garden design by Jo Thompson under the auspices of the RHS. Due out 5th July from Timber Press, it's 388 pages and will be available in hardcover format.
This is a visually stunning and superlatively written guide with specific design instructions and cultivar recommendations for gardeners like me who always buy too many seeds and plants, and wander around forlornly looking for a place to fit them. I've always *wanted* to have the sort of garden which works from a design standpoint, and this is certainly a helpful book for pulling together spaces into a working cohesive whole.
The book is arranged around specific palettes. Each of the chapters has an introduction and pantone palette bar along with a general introduction/theme followed by lots of photos. The photos include keys with very specific plant and cultivar information in table form. The plant information includes name, annual/perennial, height, spread, flowering season, and culture requirements.
The author has also included an abbreviated list of stockists and suppliers, mostly slanted toward readers in the UK and North America, a short bibliography, and a cross-referenced index. The abundant photography and meticulous cultivar notes are clearly the star of the show, however.
Five stars. This would be a superlative choice for public library acquisition, gardening clubs, and lovers of gardening.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
This is a beautiful book for any home gardener. IF you want to add pops of color to your garden this is the book for you. It gives you ideas of types of flowers and colors that will complement each other. These gardens have been designed by an award winning designer Jo Thompson. Everything you need to know to create lovely colorful gardens of your own are included in this book. A great addition to your library.
Fabulous book and very helpful in growing and choosing plants for color and effect. I love a garden with lots of color in it but the blending needs to be pleasing to the eye and suite the effect one wants to create. With pages and pages of beautiful photographs of every color combinations imaginable, this is an easy book to read and very hard to put down. If only I had a big enough garden to have one of each.
A great book for small gardens or big, there is something for everyone.
The Gardener's Palette comes from the venerable Royal Horticulture Society. It looks at gardens through the lens of color combinations. Palettes are from actual gardens; some famous, some not. Some even come from famous artwork. They are all stunning. There are numerous, quite beautiful, photos. Each palette is accompanied by a formal, eloquent, and descriptive essay discussing why that color combination works. If you are not in the mood for an essay, each palette is also encapsulated with a graph with all the vital information you need. It includes seasons, sunlight needed, the width and height of growth, and soil conditions, among other information. The resources at the end of the book suggest garden centers in the UK and US where flowers may be obtained. And photos. You cannot forget the photos. They are exquisite. While this book is priced a bit higher, it seems to be well worth the cost.
Artistic spin to gardening
This is a unique gardening book, broken out by various color combinations as the chapters. Each chapter displays a color chart along with an introduction, highlighting information about the colors and flowers and providing examples of how it was interpreted by artists, gardeners and / or writers. There are large photographs of gardens depicting each color combination. This is then followed by individual photos of the plants / flowers along with a growth chart for each one; outlining type, height, spread, season, light, moisture, hardiness and soil pH.
I have owned or viewed several gardening books over the years and this one is one of the best. I am an artist, interested in plants and flowers as subject matter. This book is not only a great resource for a gardener wanting to learn how to design a garden with various color combinations, but is also a valuable resource for an artist seeking harmonious color combination ideas for their artwork.
(I was given a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review)
Another book that made wish I could start designing, planting, and working in the garden.
A feast for the eyes and a very useful/informtive guide.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Thank you NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book.
The best part of this book is not the text but the amazing photographs of flowers and gardens.
If you are a gardener or flower enthusiast, you will love the pictures as well as the suggestions
for plant and color combinations for the garden.
There is much useful information contained in this book. It would be a reference gardening book that you could refer to time and time again as you looked for new and interesting combinations for your flower garden.
This book is a ‘must have’ for every flower gardener’s library.
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