The Planting Design Handbook
Effective and beautiful planting is an essential part of the designed landscape. As public awareness of ecological issues and design quality steadily increases, so do the opportunities for environmental designers. "Planting Design Handbook" examines the principles and practice of the art of planting for public, institutional and private landscapes. The book begins with a fresh look at the aesthetic principles of design with plants and an analysis of the design process. This reveals how a systematic approach can allow the greatest freedom for the creative imagination. The horticultural, ecological and aesthetic characteristics of plants are examined as a basis for achieving successful and enduring plant associations. Further sections discuss the structural and decorative roles of planting, spatial composition, species selection, planting plans and spacing and the vital role of management as a creative design tool. Inspiring ideas and examples are integrated throughout with well grounded practical advice to make a book which is both thought provoking and a valuable desk-side manual for the working designer. Contains 94 detailed line drawings and 158 black and white photographs.