9780670892600

Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden

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  • ISBN13:

    9780670892600

  • ISBN10:

    0670892602

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/1/2000
  • Publisher: Studio
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Summary

In conceiving her Gravel Garden, Beth Chatto embarked on a voyage of discovery. Could she -- on three-quarters of an acre of poor, heavily compacted, gravelly soil -- make a decorative garden where plants would survive without watering, even in times of drought? The story of the creation of the Gravel Garden is one of triumph over adversity, of marvelling at miracles and learning from failures, with fascinating lessons for all gardeners. Beth Chatto treasures her plants and at times it was anguish for her as she watched them struggle against the cruel conditions nature imposes. But her ability to "sort out the most reliable plants for the driest, and the most windswept of sites" and her unrivalled knowledge of plants and how to give them the best start in life made the experiment an unqualified success, while her artist's eye for color, form and shape enabled her to create a garden of great beauty.

Providing the answer to every visitor's question, "How on earth did you do it?" and showing how her principles can be applied on any scale, this book is an essenti

Author Biography

Beth Chatto is one of the foremost modern gardeners and a holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour. Her gardening books include the classic Beth Chatto's Green Tapestry.

Table of Contents

What is a Gravel Garden?
6(20)
Beginning the Gravel Garden
13(2)
Planting in the First Season
15(3)
The Gravel Garden Plans
18(5)
Mulching and Maintenance
23(3)
The Fresh Colours of Spring
26(22)
Waking up with a Start
29(3)
Pruning and Grooming
32(2)
Fascinating Fritillaries
34(5)
Wild Tulips and April Showers
39(1)
Electrifying Euphorbias
40(6)
Additional Touches
46(2)
Summer's Abundance
48(32)
Threads of Gold
51(7)
Pinks and Mauves
58(6)
Self-seeders
64(3)
Room for Gigantic Plants
67(1)
Background Trees and Shrubs
68(2)
Problems with Conifers
70(4)
Elegant Alliums
74(6)
High Summer's Gauzy Veil
80(16)
Good Neighbours
83(5)
Handsome Verticals
88(2)
Spreaders and Dot Plants
90(3)
Clematis, against the Odds
93(3)
The Last Weeks of Summer
96(22)
A Haze of Mauves and Blues
100(2)
Scene Lifters
102(2)
Grey and Silver Plants
104(3)
Adding Impact
107(4)
Pleasing Partnerships
111(1)
Pleasures Still to Come
112(2)
Dependable Sedums
114(4)
Autumn Tapestry
118(24)
Stars in the Fading Light
121(5)
Eye-catching Plants
126(4)
Autumn Bulbs
130(3)
Late Autumn Highlights
133(1)
A Passion for Bergenias
134(6)
Tidying up for Winter
140(2)
Winter Pictures
142(20)
Desiccated Seed Heads
146(2)
Shapes and Colours
148(2)
Shimmering Grasses
150(6)
Signs of New Life
156(3)
Nature's Feeding Programme
159(1)
Pruning and Shaping
160(2)
The Scree Garden
162(20)
Groundwork
165(1)
Designing the Beds
166(1)
Hard Landscaping
167(1)
Waiting to Plant
168(2)
Putting Plants Together
170(2)
Small Sedums
172(3)
A Transformation
175(5)
The Scree Garden Plans
180(2)
Basic Plants in the Gravel Garden 182(2)
Plants in the Scree Garden 184(2)
Bibliography 186(1)
Index 186(6)
Acknowledgments 192(1)
Photographer's Note 192

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