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Creating Contrast with Dark Plants Paperback – 3 Aug 2000


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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd (3 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861081642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861081643
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,337,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
I have recently become interested in using dark foliage plants as a contrasting feature in our garden. This came about by accident since I planted a smoke bush amongst various green plants and it looked stunning. Therefore I was pleased to chance upon this book specifically on the subject, albeit one which was published quite a long time ago.

It is certainly a book which has interesting features, although from my point of view its main use was in identifying dark foliage plants which could fit into our planting scheme. However, the book also covers dark flowered plants, which frankly, I feel, get overshadowed by their more colourful neighbours. Some of the dark foliage plants identified are not helpful in the UK context since they are not frost hardy below 5 or 10 degrees Celsius, such as Maranta (prayer plant) so care is necessary in choosing the plants to use since some are really house plants rather than garden plants. I found this surprising in a book written and published in the UK.

So overall, interesting but of limited practical use except in identifying additional dark foliage plants I had not come across. The propagation notes are, however, helpful and the planting schemes suggested do give food for thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR T J JINKERSON on 13 Nov. 2003
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I'm no great gardener, but having bought a copy of this book, I had to buy at least one 'dark planet' for my garden. The author is right, it does add a marked contrast, in amoungst all the coloured blooms. This is a well thought out book by a lady who obviously has a keen interest in plants. Well worth a flicking through when planning your next boarder.
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Interesting Dark Foliage Plant Selection 13 Aug. 2013
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Format: Paperback
I have recently become interested in using dark foliage plants as a contrasting feature in our garden. This came about by accident since I planted a smoke bush amongst various green plants and it looked stunning. Therefore I was pleased to chance upon this book specifically on the subject, albeit one which was published quite a long time ago.

It is certainly a book which has interesting features, although from my point of view its main use was in identifying dark foliage plants which could fit into our planting scheme. However, the book also covers dark flowered plants, which frankly, I feel, get overshadowed by their more colourful neighbours. Some of the dark foliage plants identified are not helpful in parts of the USA since they are not frost hardy below 5 or 10 degrees Celsius, such as Maranta (prayer plant) so care is necessary in choosing the plants to use. Also note that this is a book written and published in the UK so the narrative is in the context of the New England type climate encountered there.

So overall, interesting but of limited practical use except in identifying dark foliage plants I had not come across. The propagation notes are, however, helpful and the planting schemes suggested do give food for thought.
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