I am thrilled to be able to announce that my new book Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press), co-authored with Christina Salwitz is finally HERE!
Why do you need this book?
The beauty of flowers is seductive, but flowers, by their fleeting nature, are a fickle base to provide long-lasting gardens with year-round interest. Tackle this problem with the advice in Gardening with Foliage First. Learn how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements to add the finishing touches. This simple, recipe-style approach to garden design will work for a variety of climates and garden challenges, including deer, dry shade, and more.
How is it organized?
By season (spring/summer) and light requirements (sun/shade), each color coded to help you quickly find what you need.
At the start of each section is an index of the fun combinations. Aren't you curious to find our more about The Ticklish Porcupine on p270?
Taking a cue from the layout of our award-winning book Fine Foliage, we wanted to be sure to explain both why the combination works as a descriptive caption under the main beauty shot, but additionally 'how the design grows' over time. Here's one example:
You will also notice that we include helpful details about each of the plants in the Foliage Framework as well as the flower, bark, berry or art piece that acts as the Finishing Touch. That will help you copy our ideas or use them as a springboard to substitute something similar.
Does it only have ideas for the Pacific Northwest?
Of course not! We traveled from British Columbia to Arizona and Florida to Pennsylvania in addition to scouting local gardens.
Christina and I are passionate about sharing our insights and knowledge – be sure to take time to read the introduction to gain a better understanding of the attributes that make a plant pairing sing rather than sulk.
What do the pros say?
Christina and I were honored and humbled that the uber-talented author and designer Tracy DiSabato-Aust wrote a review of our new book. My copy of her classic text The Well-Designed Mixed Garden (Timber Press) is so well thumbed I may need a replacement soon! Here's what she said about Gardening with Foliage First:
"Karen and Christina knock one out of the park with exceptional ideas for everything from large landscapes to tiny patios and containers."
Where can I buy a copy?
By the end of this month it will be available in
But if you can't wait that long or would like a signed copy you can get one right NOW! Thanks to the nice Mr. FedEx man have 200 copies just ready to send your way. I ship by USPS 2-3 day Priority mail with tracking, anywhere within the USA.
Just $24.95 (+ shipping) with credit card or PayPal. You can even request a special personalisation during the ordering process (what a great gift!):
Win a signed copy! (Now closed)
And what's a new book release without sharing the joy? If you'd like to enter to win a signed copy just leave a comment below telling me your favorite foliage plant. (Comments left on social media posts will not count – comments must be left on this blog post).
Competition will close at 9am PST Tuesday January 17th 2017 and the winning name drawn using a random number generator. Good luck!
And the winner is…
Thank you to all who entered and left comments with great ideas. The WINNER is…. KAREN MILLER!
Congratulations Karen, I have sent you an email.
For those that didn't win a free copy I do you hope will consider purchasing one and would love it if you left a short review on Amazon when you have time.
Thanks again everyone – happy gardening!