Designing and Planting the Woodland Garden
by Timberpress
May 4, 2015

Designing and Planting the Woodland Garden

Keith Wiley is the Toscanini of woodland gardening. No other plant expert/nurseryman/designer that I'm aware of can so skillfully orchestrate a group of plants into an ensemble that is not only stunningly beautiful, but that also has ecological integrity. In his new book, Designing and Planting a Woodland Garden, he shows you how to achieve similarly spectacular results in your own bit of shade.

Keith has spent many years studying natural plant communities all over the world, and it shows in his delectable combinations: snowy white Trillium grandiflorum grouped with the lacy maidenhair fern Adiantum venustum and deep violet Phlox stolonifera; golden Primula helodoxa growing near rich orange Primula bulleyana and a navy-blue Siberian iris; rich burgundy Aquilegia 'Double Red' mingling with blue-violet Geranium pratense and screaming chartreuse Euphorbia characias.

As they say on TV, but wait—there's more! Along with all the inspired ideas for combinations, Keith helps you understand how soil, light, and moisture interact in a woodland; shows you how to create and manage woodland conditions; and explains how to take advantage of special sites such as grassy and sandy areas. He even provides a plan for a small shady garden that looks great year round. The book concludes with a plant directory that covers trees and shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and ferns and grasses. (Attention, plant nerds: you'll love the extended discussions of the latest corydalis, epimediums, erythroniums, and trilliums.) Why settle for ho-hum hostas and insipid impatiens when you can create an exquisite tapestry of woodland gems? Let Keith Wiley show you how to do it.

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