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“A hopeful and expansive book for the gardener who sees a field as a canvas.” —Publishers Weekly
James Hitchmough is well-regarded in the design world for his exuberant, colorful, and flower-filled meadows. His signature style can be seen in prominent places like London’s Olympic Park and the Botanic Garden at the University of Oxford. Using a distinct technique of sowing meadows from seed, he creates plant communities that mimic the dramatic beauty of natural meadows and offer a succession of blooms over many months—a technique that can be adapted to work in both large-scale public gardens and smaller residential gardens. Sowing Beauty shows you how to recreate Hitchmough’s masterful, romantic style. You'll will learn how to design and sow seed mixes that include a range of plants, both native and exotic, and how to maintain the sown spaces over time. Color photographs show not only the gorgeous finished gardens, but also all the steps along the way.
Meadows are largely thought to be expansive swathes of untamed land, often weedy and grassy, and not always inviting. Hitchmough, a professor in the department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield in England, overturns that perception, asserting that meadows, prairies, and grasslands can become beautiful, colorful works of art through informed sowing of multiple types of seeds. Insofar as open fields can be designed, the author makes the case that sowing calculated seed mixes will not only result in welcoming landscape but will create meadow-like vegetation in human-settled landscapes. Though some deference is given to understanding the importance of native plants for a specific region, which naturally reduce maintenance and preserve longevity, Hitchmough's purview reaches beyond this, aiming to cultivate a robust blend of natives and exotics and to "make a positive contribution to providing resources to support biodiversity with as little collateral environmental damage as possible." This is a hopeful and expansive book for the gardener who can see a field as a canvas. Color photos.