Garden Style: A Book of Ideas (Hardcover)
A comprehensive visual sourcebook for creating your perfect garden style with over 600 images of inspiring design ideas and solutions for every type of garden
Richly illustrated with hundreds of full-color images, this volume is a comprehensive trove of ideas and solutions for every type of garden that explore the possibilities for every situation, from challenging small spaces to expansive plots. Design tools are explained, planting styles explored, and inspiration is drawn from a wide variety of locations and climates to appeal to gardeners and designers everywhere.
This is also a valuable style catalogue and sourcebook, encouraging and inspiring readers to discover their own garden style—contemporary or traditional, from cottage whimsy to classic formality or modern minimalism. A wealth of stylish design ideas for every kind of outdoor setting are included, whether inspired by the past or aspiring towards the future. Every conceivable topic is covered: paths and walkways, beds and borders, patios and entertainment spaces, water elements, vertical gardens, edibles, and much more.
About the Author
Heidi Howcroft is a landscape architect based in Somerset, England and the author of over 30 books. Marianne Majerus has won many awards, including International Garden Photographer of the Year and European Garden Photographer of the Year. She has been named Photographer of the Year by the Garden Media Guild on several occasions and is a founding member of the Professional Garden Photographers' Association.
"Some may argue that garden styles have barely changed in 1,000 years, with trends simply coming and going along the way, but when you have the gallery of a renowned garden photographer to view, you know you will see something different. This book is published as a companion to Garden Design: A Book of Ideas by the same authors, but stands solidly on its own feet. Majerus photographs draw you in witll a rich sense of time and place, and Howcroft elaborates on each with the precision you expect from a well-honed landscape architect, giving planting detail and design breakdown in crisp, clear fashion. Case studies illustrate each style, and there are additional chapters on colour, styling and lighting. In the introduction, Howcroft provides loose style guidelines and advises readers to be realistic but open to a merging of styles to suit your needs. I love her idea of putting a photo of your household on a mood board of chosen images to see if you 'fit' the picture.
The genius of this book is that the photos lead the way, with much of the text taking the form of expanded captions to explain their context. The photos tell the story in a very user-friendly fashion, and there is a worldwide feel to the book, which offers up some real delights, including Majerus's own garden in Luxembourg. There are some stunning British gardens, too, such as Jane Brockbank's design for a tricky, L-shaped garden that manages to squeaze in a pool and a garden room among the shade-loving planting. Whether purchased as an indulgent coffee-table book or an inspirational sourcebook, Garden Style could be equally useful to designers, landscapers and architects as a mood board to illustrate styles and help clients visualise their thoughts. I recommend reading this book several times: once for the pure indulgence of the glorious photography, again to absorb the description of each style, and yet again to enjoy lhe inspirational ideas." —GARDENS ILLUSTRAED