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Planting in a Post-Wild World

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Planting in a Post-Wild World is a great title and a continuation of what Richard Hansen and Friedrich Stahl state in their masterful Perennials and Their Garden Habitats. Authors Thomas Rainer and Claudia West know both plants and design, which is a rare combination. They also have experience with ecology and have combined the three topics into a tour de force that is deep, thoughtful, and practical. With a changing climate and sustainability being the buzzword of the day, this book gives readers an in-depth appreciation of what it takes to understand complex planting and how to accomplish it.

Plants, specifically, well-adapted plant communities that are low-maintenance, expressive, and easy to maintain, are returning to private and public design commissions with renewed value and fervor, an optimistic turn I strongly believe in. And native plants are not the solution in every instance. Rainer and West walk the reader through a clear process that educates the professional and amateur alike on the differences between natural and designed plant communities. They define the goals of each approach and outline essential principles to achieve a successful design.

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