Author(s): Heidi Howcroft
There is no one way to design a garden. The variations and breadth of possibilities are astonishing but it is the choices of the individual that make the world of gardens so exciting. Creating a garden is part common sense and part instinct but we all need inspiration to help us realize the garden we want. Garden Design: A Book of Ideas is the must-have visual reference for garden owners, architects and designers. With over 600 images by award-winning photographer Marianne Majerus and incisive advice from garden designer and best-selling writer Heidi Howcroft, this book takes the reader from getting the concept right to choosing the perfect finishing touches for your outdoor space. The gardens featured are large and small, urban and rural in a wide range of styles from contemporary to classical to naturalistic. Every aspect of designing a garden is explored, from assessing your plot and soil to choosing a style as your inspiration, selecting the right components (be they hard landscaping, boundaries or plants) and tackling more challenging spaces.
A comprehensive sourcebook of the best contemporary ideas for garden owners, architects and designers.
German-born Heidi Howcroft was educated in England and completed her professional training as a landscape architect in Germany, where she lived and worked for many years. In addition to design work, she has curated exhibitions and is the author of over 20 books covering a wide range of garden topics, including the bestselling Tee & Rosen/Tea & Roses (DVA). Now based in Somerset, England, she works and travels throughout Europe and leads tours to far-flung destinations in search of beautiful gardens. Marianne Majerus is one of the world's finest garden photographers. Born in Luxembourg and based in London, she is a regular contributor to many international publications, including House & Garden, Gardens Illustrated, Country Life, RHS The Garden and The Wall Street Journal. She has illustrated in excess of 50 books (including RHS The Urban Gardener, also published by Mitchell Beazley) and has won numerous awards for her work, including International Garden Photographer of the Year 2010 and Garden Media Guild Features Photographer of the Year 2013.