Designing with Grasses


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Designing with Grasses Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Timber Press
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Pages: 276 Illustrations and other contents: Illustrations ISBN: 9780881929836 Category:

Ornamental grasses provide glorious visual impact and a dynamic sense of movement. They are easy to care for, provide excellent wildlife habitats and are sustainable. Neil Lucas captures all this in a practical, accessible and beautifully illustrated book that appeals to gardeners who want a contemporary garden without too much effort.

Designing with Grasses looks at how grasses perform in the wild to help readers choose the right plants for their garden. A section is dedicated to recreating the grasslands found in prairies, steppes, and meadows in a backyard setting. Additional design chapters challenge conventional divisions about planted and non-planted areas of the garden. Putting the right plant in the right place is crucial to the creation of sustainable plantings and Lucas’ picks for grasses for particular situations are especially helpful. Environment-friendly options for green roofs, erosion control and habitat restoration along with alternatives to lawn grasses are also included.


Weight1.2 kg



"This clearly written and well-designed book will appeal to landscape designers and gardeners. Two green thumbs up!" --Library Journal "A directory of grasses and grasslike plants is a useful reference." --Landscape Architecture "[The author's] knowledge combined with technical advice and great photography make this an inspirational book, suitable for all keen gardeners." --The Garden

Author Biography

Neil Lucas is the UK's leading ornamental grass specialist. He is also the owner of Knoll Gardens in Dorset and holds six consecutive gold medals from Chelsea Flower Show. He writes for The Garden, Gardens Illustrated, Garden Design Journal and Amateur Gardening.