Planting Design for Dry Gardens
Green lawns are restful to the eye, provide an excellent backdrop to plants and trees and keep the weeds down, but in low-rainfall regions they often end up looking scrappy and brown. In this book, pioneering nurseryman Olivier Filippi offers low-level planting designs that are eco-friendly and so beautiful they redefine the conventional distinction between lawn and plant borders. Inspired by the wild plant communities of Europe, the Middle East, and the USA, these rigorously trialled plant combinations can be used on terraces, paths, gravel beds and flower borders, as well as areas that are traditionally laid to lawn. Plant choices include the tough new macrothermal grasses, carpeting groundcovers and stunning wild flower mixes that thrive among gravel and stone. With a plant directory that lists over 200 tough but beautiful dry garden plants and Filippi's innovative maintenance techniques, this is the perfect companion to his first book The Dry Gardening Handbook and will delight all dry garden owners.
Olivier Filippi is a French nurseryman who specializes in dry region plants. His pioneering research in Europe, California, South Africa, Chile, and Australia led him to a palette of plants that thrive for months without rain. For the last 25 years he has trialled plants and refined cultivation techniques at his nursery in Languedoc, France. His first book The Dry Gardening Handbook was published by Thames & Hudson.