Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Fine Foliage" Book Giveaway


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.

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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.

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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.  :-)



34 comments:

Julie Adolf said...

I love the foliage on my hardy cyclamen...the varieties escape me right now, but the patterns on the leaves are just as pretty as the flowers!

Unknown said...

I'd love to win a copy of Fine Foliage.... My favorite foliage plant is my Colocasia. I've been using it in floral arrangements lately. :)

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of this book. My favorite plant is the Scented Geranium I have one that so tall and growing on bark. You can find me on Face book I am Pam Yokoyama. I'm always reading always learning.

Anonymous said...

My pick Wondering jew
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Anonymous said...

Would love to win this book

Hunter Ten Broeck said...

I love 'Tiger Eyes' Sumac

Janet QueenofSeaford said...

I am throwing my name into the pot too! I love foliage plants...interest without needing blooms.

mark carleton said...

I love leucothoe fontanesiana
"rainbow" It has a riot of color an is wonderful for mixed foliage arrangements.

After a number of years, I lost mine, but would like another. Dave's Garden lists it.

Amanda said...

My favorite foliage plant is the Japanese maple! And I would love to win this book!!! And I love your blog, Thanks!

Jan said...

I really love all the Heuchera's out there...so many colors and patterns and they are still looking good in winter ;)

Sharmin said...

Hmm, hard to pick a favorite, but heucheras come to mind. I love my Berry Smoothie. Also loving conifer foliage in the winter, current favorite is Picea abies 'Gold Drift'. Also love Hakonechola 'Aureola' . I would love to have this book.

Link said...

Anything heuchera!

Karen Fisher said...

I'm also a huge fan of foliage. My current pick would be one of the many new heucherellas. Looks like a great book! Karen Fisher is hoping to add it to her library.

Anonymous said...

we just moved to s.c. and dont know the good from the ad plants this would come in handy enjoy your blog alot

Renee Wright said...

It's tough -- I love a lot of the heucheras, but my preference for polka dots probably makes me lean more toward the lungworts -- "Mrs. Moon" and others.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a particular one, but I love plants with black foliage

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Designed Decor said...

My favorite foliage are the ones I manage to keep alive! I need this book!

CommonWeeder said...

I love epimediums. I can't tell you how many times I admired them before I acquired some of my own I feared they would not be hardy in Heath, but they are!

Brenda Hill said...

Hi Kylee!

Heuchera, Heuchera, Heuchera!!
GORGEOUS!
Soooo many varieties to choooooose from!
I want them ALL!

Joyce S. said...

bloody doc is soooo unusual ...love it

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Nancybeth said...

Mom always had a lot of African Violets and
that velvety foliage will remind me of her every time.

Garden Fancy said...

I like gold-foliaged plants, especially or the dark north side of my house. I hope I win the book! Thanks.

Marylou Smith said...

I would like to win a copy of "Fine Foliage". My favorite foliage plant is pothos ivy and palms. My pothos ivy has been around for thirty years and the leaves are as big as my hand. I enjoy your website. maryloucsmith43@aol.com

Gayle Gildehaus said...

hostas....every kind i love the variety

Sue Chanay said...

Kylee,

I think my pulmonaria "Mrs. Moon" is the most interesting, maybe not the prettiest that I have but just unusual. The book you are giving away looks like a really helpful one to have.

Sue Chanay

John Bower said...

Huechera 'Key Lime Pie'

Unknown said...

Heuchera 'Key Lim Pie!' Evergreen chartreuse foliage all year long.

ruthie said...

Well, I love my butterfly weed. That's what I call it. It blooms beautiful red and orange till frost. I watch hummingbirds feed from it morning and afternoon. Would love this book! Thanks.

Luba Fetterman said...

I love the smoketree 'Grace', but the list is endless!

Diane said...

I had a hosta 'June' at my old house that I adored. I don't think I have the growing conditions for hostas anymore, and that's sad!

Barb said...

Congratulations, Kylee, on your well-deserved success with your fabulous book! Interesting question - about like asking which child is your favorite. I love so many different plants and fall in love again each season as they change, so I'll just mention the one I was looking at yesterday, Alchemilla mollis, Lady's Mantle. I love the color and the shape and when water droplets form on the leaves...well, it is like putting jewelry on Audrey Hepburn - unnecessary but exquisite. You can reach me at BarbR7 AT gmail.com or on Facebook.

jchapstk said...

Definitely coleus. So many, many, many variants of color and leaf serration. I cannot get enough of that plant (even though the pollen gives me fits). I still grow three or four every year. Wish I had more space for it.

Jenny said...

Do trees count? My favorite foliage is Japanese maple.

Teri said...

My favorite foliage belongs to the Hosta family. It is not just the leaf size, but the colors, textures and the face of each and every plant. Awesomness....terrific site by the way.

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