Contemporary Color in the Landscape

Top Designers, Inspiring Ideas, New Combinations
Contemporary Color in the Landscape: Top Designers, Inspiring Ideas, New Combinations. Timber. 2011. 280p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780881929966. $34.95. GARDENING
British landscape designer Wilson (founding director, London Coll. of Garden Design; The Book of Garden Plans), who contributes regularly to Gardens Illustrated magazine, believes color is the key element of any well-designed garden; the problem is that not everyone knows how to use color effectively. Wilson sets out to correct this deficiency by providing a detailed discussion of the principles of color theory and how those principles can be translated into stunning landscapes. He presents the full spectrum of color possibilities, rather than limiting himself to those ordinarily considered in conventional gardens.
VERDICT While the majority of examples in the book come from European gardens, American gardeners will still find plenty of inspiration. Landscape design professionals will probably glean more from Wilson's philosophical tone and rigorously methodical approach than will weekend gardeners, who may find a more practical guide such as P. Allen Smith's Colors for the Garden a better match. Nonetheless, this gorgeously illustrated guide offers a thorough introduction to the topic for both gardening pros and serious home gardeners.

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