You know how excited Jenny and I were that Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants made the Amazon Best Books of 2013 list about a month ago? Well, I know a couple of other authors who knew just how we felt. Christina Salwitz and Karen Chapman wrote Fine Foliage: Elegant Plant Combinations for Garden and Container and their book made the list, too!
I did a review of it over on Horticulture's website, back in April:
Besides being a neat little package of horticultural eye candy that could stand on this merit alone, Fine Foliage delivers much more for beginning and seasoned gardeners alike. For those challenged or overwhelmed by the plant choices available for combining in the garden or the container, Karen and Christina come to the rescue, giving more than 60 examples of what works together, without the use of blooms.
Starting out by explaining the science behind their beautiful combinations, readers will soon learn how to start playing with possibilities in their own gardens. Most of the book, however, is a graphic volume of recipes, one after another, of simply gorgeous plant pairings, with such names as “Bright Lights, Big City,” “Deep Sea Jungle,” and “Ribbons and Curls.” To make things even easier, shade plants and sun plants are given separate sections, and other vital growing requirements such as hardiness zone are provided.
With its genius play on texture and color, Fine Foliage will almost make you forget that flowers exist. Or at the very least, that you don’t need to rely on them for beauty in the garden.
I've often said if I were forced to choose between flowers and foliage that I'd choose foliage every time. (Thank goodness I don't have to choose though!) Christina and Karen's book illustrates beautifully why I feel this way.
I've got an extra copy of Fine Foliage here that I'm going to send to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter to win is to leave a comment on this blog post, telling me the name of one of your favorite foliage plants. If you don't have one, just tell me you'd like to win the book.
Be sure to include a way to contact you if you're the winner. I'll pick a winner sometime after midnight this Friday, December 20th, using Random.org's Random Number Generator. If it all goes well, the book could be in your hands by Christmas. U.S. entries only, please.
The winner is jchapstk ! You'll be receiving your book this week! Congratulations and enjoy! Thanks to all who entered. The book can be ordered from Amazon.com if you want a copy of your own. And you know you do. :-)