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The artistic combinations of plants are endless-and so are the effects they have on the human eye and spirit. As a planting designer, you must acquire vision, patience, and skill as you learn to read the landscape in all its myriad forms to create meaningful and lasting environments. From idea through implementation, Planting the Landscape shows you how. Planting design poses exciting but complex challenges for the landscape architect, demanding creativity, practical know-how, and the ability to integrate the natural with the planned-all through the living medium of plants that grow and change over time. Planting the Landscape is a unique, comprehensive guide to both the art and the science of planting design-with step-by-step coverage of every stage of the design process, from initial idea through implementation. Combining history, design principles, and horticultural practice in a single volume, it provides the reader with a solid grasp of: * The history and evolution of specific design forms * Environmental considerations and plant affinities * Design concepts, principles, and analysis * How to create a design vocabulary and develop a plant palette * How to compose a planting design * The essentials of planting and maintenance Over 200 stunning color photographs and dozens of vivid illustrations offer an inspiring visual library of design possibilities that complement the text, and international examples place design ideas and development within a global context. Accessible, clear, and precisely written, Planting the Landscape is an excellent design companion for landscape architecture professionals and students.