The English Cottage Garden

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An intricate mix of beauty, utility, wildness, and domestication: that's the quintessential British garden. From its medieval beginnings as a yard for livestock and vegetables, the cottage garden became a retreat for the gentry of the 17th century, and then took on a new dimension of sophistication--though it never relinquished its original functional roots. Take a tour through rows of medicinal herbs, topiary, woodland, meadow flowers, and even exotic species. A lovely and inspiring tribute to a classic form of planting.

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& PHOTOGRAPHER Jane Taylor has written eleven books about gardens, including the Kew Gardening Series, Climbing Plants, and Tender Perennials. She was a Deputy General Secretary of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens. Andrew Lawson is one of our most inspired and knowledgeable garden photographers. His pictures have illustrated many books, including Good Planting, The Terracotta Gardener, The Container Gardener, Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate, and the bestselling Garden at Highgrove. Andrew Lawson lives in Charlbury, Oxfordshire.

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Most U.S. gardeners can only imagine a climate conducive to growing the lush perennials associated with English cottage-style plantings, but the fascination with this type of garden continues to flourish. A prominent gardening photographer, Larson supplies countless images of charming country homes bedecked with roses and wisteria running riot over arbors, amazing topiaries lending structural form, and flowers spilling over all sorts of delightful stone and brick pathways. Taylor comments on artists and designers who influenced English horticultural trends, explains various architectural styles, and, referring to sources both historical and literary, entertains with herbal and plant lore. Most plant descriptions are of a general nature, noting specific varieties or cultivars less often. Alice Joyce

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