Contemporary Color in the Landscape: Top Designers, Inspiring Ideas, New Combinations (Hardcover)

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Color is the first and most important design choice a garden designer makes. Over the past decade, landscape architects and garden designers have moved away from the more sedate shades commonly found in traditional gardens and have used plants and hardscape to experiment with explosions of color. From the layered and textural colors of Piet Oudolf to the high contrast colors of Tom Stuart Smith, this increased focus on color is a trademark of today’s leading designers.

Contemporary Color in the Landscape explores the whole spectrum of color: how we perceive and respond to color, how to design with color, how to manipulate contrast and create intensity with saturation, how to maximize impact by minimizing color, how to find your own personal color combinations, and how color is viewed in nature. In gorgeous, color-drenched photos Andrew Wilson showcases the work of leading garden designers as inspiring examples of the way color is used. Innovative gardens from all over the world help the reader visualize the core color lessons throughout the book.

Supported by more than 300 stunning photographs, Contemporary Color in the Landscape integrates cutting-edge designers, their landscapes, color theory, new design ideas, and gorgeous photography into one inspirational, instructional, and must-have guide for design professionals.

About the Author

Andrew Wilson is a garden and landscape designer with the Wilson McWilliam Studio, London and Surrey, England.  He is also founder and director of garden design studies at The London College of Garden Design based in Regent’s Park, London, and is chair of assessors for the Royal Horticultural Society, judging the gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

His previous books are Influential Gardeners: Shaping Today’s Style (Mitchell Beazley 2002), The Book of Plans for Small Gardens (Mitchell Beazley 2007), and The Book of Garden Plans (Mitchell Beazley 2008). In 2009, he contributed to the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design and he writes regularly for Gardens Illustrated.

Praise For…

“This gorgeously illustrated guide offers a thorough introduction to the topic for both gardening pros and serious home gardeners.” —Library Journal

“Will surely inspire readers with new ideas. Recommended.” —Choice

“A visual feast of geometric shapes and flora, Wilson's work coordinates art and architecture with stunning gardens.” —American Reference Books Annual

“Well-organized and abundantly illustrated.” —Reference and Research Book News

“Author Andrew Wilson uses examples of award winning landscape designs to help readers achieve gardens that best suit their individual styles.” —Phoenix Home and Garden

Product Details
ISBN: 9780881929966
ISBN-10: 0881929964
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: April 20th, 2011
Pages: 280
Language: English