Here is your inspirational muse and how-to guide to boosting your garden’s beauty with foliage. Hidden in horticultural plain sight, leaves offer lasting beauty throughout the entire growing season. Authors—and designers— Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz bring their keen observation and a pro’s perspective to creating dynamic and showy foliage-driven combinations that rival anything mere flowers can dish up.
Fine Foliage profiles more than sixty compositions for both sun and shade cleverly analyzing each combination with an organizational treatment that is one of the book’s strongest elements. Full-page glamour shots of garden vignettes are complimented by a brief “Why this Works” overview and supported by small thumbnail photos of individual plants further described under “Meet the Players.” Cues as to each combo’s season of interest and optimal growing conditions are clearly called out with graphics at the head of each page for easy reference.
From the first flush of new growth inspring, through verdant summer, to autumn’s fiery show, needles, blades, leaves, and stems offer exciting effects that shift with the light of the seasons and weather the passage of time. No longer an understudy to blossoming divas, dramatic foliage compositions keep the show going long after the fat lady’s floral song has faded.
Going beyond simple recipes to replicate, these enthusiastic and knowledgeable plantswomen explain the principles behind their design decisions, thereby putting you in the lead to create unique garden pictures of your own invention. Fine Foliage is a beautiful and hardworking reference you’ll turn to year after year as you practice and hone the way you look at plants—on nursery shelves, in the landscape, and in your own garden.