Gardenmaking, in its finest form, is a celebration of life and of love. David and his book epitomize this. --Lauren Springer Ogden Brandywine Cottage is David Culp's beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering--interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter. The Layered Garden shows you how to recreate Culp's majestic display. It starts with a basic lesson in layering--how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it. To illustrate how layering works, Culp takes you on a personal tour through each part of his celebrated garden: the woodland garden, the perennial border, the kitchen garden, the shrubbery, and the walled garden. The book culminates with a chapter dedicated to signature plants for all four seasons.
From the Back Cover
What is a layered garden? It's a garden that offers four seasons of beauty from a single patch of ground. From the first snowdrops of spring to the last branches, berries, and bark of winter, a layered garden is rich with wonder. And it's within your reach. In these pages, renowned gardener David Culp shows you the plants, tips, and techniques that he uses in his own garden to create dazzling combinations that you can emulate or adapt. Guided by his wisdom and experience, you'll soon have a layered garden of your own that will grow in loveliness with each passing year.