Plant Partners Anna Pavord

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Plant Partners  by  Anna Pavord

Plant Partners by Anna Pavord
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Anna Pavord has no patience for dwarf plants (a perverse trend), pastels (Stop overdosing on pastels. Weve had more than enough of them), or winter gardens (Who needs them? The pleasures of the winter garden are only for masochists), not toMoreAnna Pavord has no patience for dwarf plants (a perverse trend), pastels (Stop overdosing on pastels. Weve had more than enough of them), or winter gardens (Who needs them? The pleasures of the winter garden are only for masochists), not to mention all-white beds (somnambulist gardening). She has a sharp eye and a predilection for cheeky Briticisms, and shes not afraid to use either.

Plant Partners is organized into seasons--the real growing seasons: signs of spring, spring turns to summer, high summer, and into autumn. Within these seasons Pavord presents 60 star plants that should be highlighted in the perennial bed. For each of her favorite plants she provides a supporting cast of two varieties--annuals, bulbs, or perennials--that partner particularly well with the stars, and under the same soil and light conditions.

The groupings might be designed so that all of the flowers will be in bloom at once (pasqueflower with grape hyacinth and deep-purple primroses, for example), or so that when one flowers blooms are just starting to fade anothers are waiting in the wings (lily-of-the-valley with a hellebore and barrenwort). A listing of alternative partners extends the range of choices to include more unusual plants and ones that might be more challenging to grow.

Foliage is given as much consideration as blooms: Darling! Salmon! How brave! exclaim the white-garden brigade as they sharpen their pruning knives for a horticultural mercy killing. You might as well fall on your garden fork there and then as try to explain that the point of the rodgersia they are looking at is not the buff-pink flower but the whirls of bronze underneath it. But her exhortation to use foliage--as well as grasses and nonflowering perennials as star plants--to best advantage cannot be ignored in Plant Partners.

Pavords advice throughout is practical and opinionated. --Liana Fredley



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