in Your Garden
Frances Lincoln, distributed by Bookwise
THE common denominator
of all our gardens is, of course, colour. While many successful
gardeners seem to know intuitively "what goes with what", for others
planting is a hit-and-miss affair based on fancy rather than forethought.
But no matter which school you belong to, this large-format book
is a lavish eye-opener, showing how to design a garden using plant
colour as the fundamental element. For the technically minded there's
an intriguing chapter on the nature of colour. This probes the relationships
of light to colour, colour to space, and the way various colours
can "enhance or injure" one another.
While Colour in Your
Garden is crammed with ideas, there's also lots of practical
snippets. "Don't plant a colour scheme which depends on golden foliage
in full sun; most plants of this type of leaf covering need shade."
and "don't feed variegated plants with rich food; their leaves will
form new chlorophyll and become green" are typical hints.
More than 1000 plants
are catalogued under colours. Blooms - whites, clear yellow, blue,
pinks and mauve, strong red and so on - are described season by
season. The plants' habit, relationship with plants of different
colour and growing conditions are also considered. Colour in
offers the serious gardener a new perspective and gives the novice
a kaleidoscope of ideas to kick off with.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH