My Books


Latest release!

Our much anticipated second book Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017) is finally here.

Create a foliage-driven garden that dazzles!

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 features 127 combinations for all seasons and both sunny and shady gardens that will work for a variety of climates and garden challenges, including deer, dry shade, and more.

Listen to this short interview on Central Texas Gardener to understand how a Foliage First design style can transcend climates and help you succeed every time:

You can read an excerpt and order it using my Amazon affiliate link here;


Award winning book

Christina Salwitz and I had been traveling along parallel paths for many years as designers, speakers and writers and so it seemed a natural partnership to write Fine Foliage together and share our passion for creating inspirational gardens with you.

We have been honored to work with gifted photographer Ashley DeLatour and know that you will be as enchanted by her beautiful images as we are.


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“Fine Foliage is a visual treat that will inspire you with dazzling combinations for containers and gardens. Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz explain why each combination works – bringing artistic design within easy reach of all gardeners. A great user-friendly resource.”

Debra Prinzing, author of The 50 Mile Bouquet




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The prestigious Garden Writers Association has recognized Fine Foliage with a GOLD Medal for best gardening product published in 2013


Also Celebrated on Amazon as one of their Best Gardening Books of 2013


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