When the great gardening iconoclast Christopher Lloyd died in 2006, many wondered what would become of his world-famous garden, Great Dixter in Sussex. Until almost the end of his life Lloyd himself had felt that the best option would be just to let the garden wither away. But then he discovered a man he was prepared to trust with Dixter: his head gardener and great friend Fergus Garrett.
This is the first book in a series on Gardening and Life at Great Dixter. In Designing with Plants Fergus Garrett describes how the plantings at Dixter are composed: the importance of scale and balance and of contrast in colour, texture and shape; the anchor plants that punctuate the schemes; the plants that dance through the beds, softening and veiling the effect; and how above all the gardener must never be afraid to experiment, to play, to introduce surprise.
Future books in the series will include Succession Planting; Annuals; The Exotic Garden; Managing the Garden.
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