Two leading figures in ecological landscape design, Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, have come together to offer a bold new way of designing and creating landscapes that are ecological as well as beautiful. With a changing climate and sustainability being the buzzword of the day, this book gives readers an in-depth appreciation of what it takes to understand complex planting and how to accomplish it. Responsibility: Thomas Rainer and Claudia West. Really since the 1980s on they have been trialing what they called these mixed perennial plantings, and the whole idea is that they have come up with entirely novel plant communities. It was one of the most progressive, forward-looking groups of horticulturists I've ever been around.
It will become indispensable for all garden designers and landscape architects, as well as enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardeners and horticulturalists who wish to extend the creative potential of planting design. Authors Thomas Rainer and Claudia West know both plants and design, which is a rare combination. The concepts are explained clearly with well-illustrated examples. The project is not finished the day the bulldozers leave the site; that is but the beginning and few have the knowledge and skill to nurture a garden into the future. . Different mid-height clumping plants that become part of the groundcover layer part of the year—become part of the background green—but when they bloom they really light up the whole garden. For those who want a wildish plant community without incurring the wrath of the neighbors, there are plenty of tips.
Led by the imagery, the impression is of a very American book, and it is one which looks very much at the larger scale. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Would love to have a copy of the book. A maintenance approach focuses on a different set of prescribed activities for different plants. For designers who are committed to ecological principles, this book offers both the inspiration and the practical steps necessary to be transformative.
And as many different textures. Our home in the San Juan Islands in Washington has evolved , due to my slowing down , youthful vigor is being replaced with aging wisdom. So for formal gardens, maybe you do want to mass those upper layers more cleanly, so there is more intentionality and pattern to it. I really like this idea of managing your garden rather than maintaining it. You see layers, staggered layers, like that hell strip across the street from you. An underlying element of this design process is the premise that designs must be aesthetically pleasing in addition to ecologically functional.
Using detailed examples and simple graphics, Rainer and West make a convincing case for rethinking our relationship to plant design. There are valuable lessons presented throughout by Rainer and West including: the critical nature of plant competitive strategies in a designed plant community; novel approaches to designing with layers to maximize ecological function; and essential principles of related populations, stress as an asset, and the benefits of plant density. But they are the types of projects that sometimes have budgets to plant once, but not to maintain them. And native plants are not the solution in every instance. So balancing cool- and warm-season growers so you are always covering the ground.
Using detailed examples and simple graphics, Rainer and West make a convincing case for rethinking our relationship to plant design. The pedigree of the authors is a good starting point. Capitol grounds; the Martin Luther King, Jr. What the difference between maintenance and management? But I had nothing like that in my own garden, in terms of density and diversity, in any 20 square feet I had. Let us follow Planting in a Post-Wild World into a future where humans respectfully manage landscapes for our comfort, our quality of life, and our very existence, while acknowledging in our treatment of them the inherent value of these living communities. Because designed plant communities are dynamic, management works with a range of natural processes such as competition, succession, and disturbance. Or the repetition in a woodland setting of rhododendron or azaleas, in key places, gives the sense of calmness, even though at the lower levels there is a lot of diversity.
The authors were careful to use examples from most of the temperate United States, which will make the book useful to gardeners in the South, the Plains, the East Coast, and Upper Midwest states. The E-mail message field is required. Rainer and West demonstrate clear design principles that focus on people, places, and uses first, and then look at the relationship of plants to each other. Thomas Rainer is a practising landscape architect, and Claudia West works for a wholesale nursery, so their perspective is inevitably and reassuringly down to earth. The book will interest landscape architects and horticulturalists as well as more casual home gardeners. When you have clients with large budgets and really good gardeners, I think your understanding of how well you design plantings can be a little bit inflated—which I think happens. Within the plant communities, the plants relate to each other the same way they would in a wild landscape, even if some of them are not native to the place in which they are used.
About the Book This groundbreaking guide presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. We have looked to Europe long enough, now we have our own voice to sing with. There is a paradigm shift going on and the authors have grasped it and have the ability to communicate the value of plants as an important part of professionally designed landscapes. The quality of our environment affects our health and spirit. As practical as it is inspiring, Planting in a Post-Wild World is an optimistic manifesto pointing the way to the future of planting design. And while some familiar landscape design ideas appear in the book, they are interspersed with concepts that challenge and inspire.