Gardening with Foliage First

127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More

By Karen Chapman Christina Salwitz

Published by Timber Press

Create a foliage-driven garden that dazzles!
Although seductive, flowers, by their fleeting nature, are a fickle base to provide long-lasting gardens with year-round interest. Tackle this problem with the advice in Gardening with Foliage First. Learn how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements as the finishing touches. This simple, recipe-style approach to garden design features 127 combinations for both sunny and shady gardens that work for a variety of climates and garden challenges.

$24.95 (US)

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January 25, 2017
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Review quotes
“A successful planting combination is as much about beautiful foliage as it is about flowers—that’s the premise of the upcoming book Gardening with Foliage First.” —Sunset

“Karen and Christina knock one out of the park with exceptional ideas for everything from large landscapes to tiny patios and containers.”—Tracy DiSabato-Aust, author of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants

“This is a useful resource for new gardeners testing their design teeth and for experienced horticulturalists looking for some new inspiration. Regardless of the reader’s experience and expertise, the recipe format is charming and engaging. . . . If you haven’t designed a “foliage first” garden before, Chapman and Salwitz have design recipes in hand, and a willingness to help and inspire you.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk

“A rainbow of opportunity in pot of gold at the library.” —The Daily Telegram

“Beautiful and plentiful photos show you exactly how the plants work together, and of course provide inspiration to try other combinations on your own. . . . this a book that no designer should be without.” —Garden Design Online

“There are two major reasons why I buy gardening books: I want to expand my knowledge, and I want to be inspired. The best books combine both aspects. Timber Press found a way to cut through the noise with a new book to be published later in January: Gardening with Foliage First by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz.” —Succulents and More

“This lushly photographed encore is even more useful as the authors teach us how to see the color and texture in foliage shapes and tones and combine vegetative plant material to compose beautiful combinations.” —The Daily News

“This collection of 127 combinations introduces gardeners to the idea that a well-planned garden starts with a solid framework of foliage. Organized by season with options for sunny and shady locations, each plant combo includes design descriptions that will equip readers with the knowledge they need to get creative and devise their own.” —Garden Design

“With 127 inspired plant combos, designers and authors Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz make a convincing case for greenery over flowers in Gardening with Foliage First.” —San Diego Home and Garden

“Christina Salwitz—who’s a valued Green Profit contributor, as well as a garden coach and Garden Center Group service provider—teamed up with fellow landscape designer and garden writer Karen Chapman to pen Gardening with Foliage First.” —Green Profit

Gardening with Foliage First is original and cleverly written. It’s not only a good reference book; it’s a fun read.” —The Independent Gardener