A leading figure in the New Perennial planting movement, garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf emphasizes plant structure as the most important aspect of a successful garden. Perennials – prized for their beauty throughout their life cycle – are used almost exclusively.
Oudolf challenges conventional approaches to gardening that rely on short-lived bursts of colour and constant maintenance and shows the delights of creating lasting, ecologically sound panoramas that relate to the landscape and the seasons.
This glorious full-colour volume features twenty-three of Oudolf's most beautiful public and private gardens, including the widely acclaimed High Line and the Battery in New York City; Wisley, the RHS Garden in Surrey; the Pensthorpe Gardens in Norfolk; the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park in Chicago and Il Giardino delle Vergini at the 2010 Venice Biennale.
Noël Kingsbury's accessible text explains how each garden and the plants selected for it fit the specific environment. Oudolf's detailed plans provide inspiration and insight for all interested in both small personal gardens and large-scale public landscapes.
'The landmark book by an historically significant designer and wildly knowledgeable plantsman … Piet Oudolf ranks among the greats, and his co-author Noel Kingsbury is his prophet. The book design by Dutch artist Irma Boom turns this into something extraordinary … All should win prizes'
BBC Gardens Illustrated
'A stunning display of Oudolf’s œuvre … Admirers of Oudolf’s work, and anyone interested in designing with perennials or in naturalistic planting, will find this book repays close attention and is a useful addition to their bookshelf'
Garden Design Journal
'Impressive, modern, mind-altering … the perfect tome to indulge deeper into Oudolf’s Dutch genius'
'Refreshingly presented in a way that allows the documentation of Oudolf’s work to speak for itself - light on text and heavy on double-page photographs in which you can lose yourself'
House & Garden