The Layered Garden

The Layered Garden

Design Lessons for Year-round Beauty From Brandywine Cottage

Book - 2012
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"Gardenmaking, in its finest form, is a celebration of life and of love. David and his book epitomize this." --Lauren Springer Ogden

Brandywine Cottage is David Culp's beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering--interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.

The Layered Garden shows you how to recreate Culp's majestic display. It starts with a basic lesson in layering--how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it. To illustrate how layering works, Culp takes you on a personal tour through each part of his celebrated garden: the woodland garden, the perennial border, the kitchen garden, the shrubbery, and the walled garden. The book culminates with a chapter dedicated to signature plants for all four seasons.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781604692365
Characteristics: 312 pages :,color illustrations ;,29 cm.


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Oct 10, 2017

The book is organized by seasons, and lay out how the author planned and managed the garden. I sometimes feel it is like a garden journal, wordy and lengthy, but I did explore many ideas and built a concept of how a nature layered garden is built. A quite enjoyable book and many can be applied here in PNW.

SnoIsleLib_KarenM May 30, 2017

New homeowners should check this book out just for the inspirational before-and-after photos of the author's gardens. Really, any gardener who loves informal flowering borders will find much to admire here. Brandywine Cottage is in Pennsylvania, but many of the featured plants thrive in the Pacific Northwest.

Jul 17, 2013

Why is the catalogue entry for Layering the Garden? The title on the cover is The Layered Garden.

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