Ornamental grasses: The amber wave

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Essential for landscape architects, professional gardeners, and gardening supply companies, this full color paperback edition of this popular guide explores over 70 species and varieties of ornamental grasses, together with their typical design applications. The book covers perennials, annuals, and grass-like plants, explaining how to utilize ornamental grasses as hedges, screens, shading, and garden highlights. Included is the work of such noted landscape and garden designers as Wolfgang, Oehme, Edith Eddleman, and Hans Hanses. This paperback edition now features a new section on recently cultivated grass varieties.

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Conversational and informational, this book is a helpful compendium of lore on an increasingly popular gardening genre. Ottesen, who first piqued gardeners' interest in grasses in her New American Garden , now discusses them in depth, from perennial grasses, sedges and reeds, to annual grasses, bamboo and grasslike plants, examining their myriad uses. Listed by category, almost any grass is easily found (including those that complement other colors in a garden, fit well into a rock garden, can guarantee a particular color in a particular season, grow happily in wet or dry areas, or can be used in flower arrangements). Ottesen sought out other grass authorities (e.g., South Carolina-based John Elsley and Long Island, N.Y. arboretum curator Carol Johnston), surveying their expertise in two chapters. An extensive plant and seed source list is included. Photos not seen by PW. Garden Book Club selection.
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The varieties and uses of over 70 species of ornamental grasses are covered in a fine collection blending color photos and discussions of all types of grasses for many purposes. From hedges to ground covers, this provides detailed information on grasses in a strong paper reprint of a 1988 winner. -- Midwest Book Review

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