Sharp Gardening

by Christopher Holliday

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With a keen interest in spiky plants, Holliday argues that gardens don't have to look "nice" — packed with delicate roses and pretty clematis. There is much to be said for a crisp, clean-lined planting style featuring swords, straps, and spikes. This book presents a careful selection of plants...
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Published By Timber Press

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 192

Publication Date 03/09/2005

ISBN 9780881926996

Dimensions 7.84 inches x 9.92 inches

“With the green industry’s concern about attracting younger populations to gardening, this book offers a savvy, twenty-first-century solution.” —Pacific Horticulture

“As outlined in Christopher Holliday’s new book, gardening with sharp plants provides an alternative to more typical (and higher-maintenance) planting schemes. The results can be both ecologically friendly and contemporary in design, lending drama and year-round interest.” —Great Ideas for Outdoor Living

“Yikes! This book makes a point about prickles.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“The book is replete with full-color photos of the plants mentioned and masses of plants in the sharp gardening style.” —Landscape Architecture

“Whether you’re a fan of pointy, spiky plants or want a garden that neighborhood kids won’t touch, here’s your guide. . . . Lends new meaning to the phrase.” —Harrisburg Patriot-News

“From xeriscapes to maritime gardens and everywhere in between, anyone looking for fresh ideas to add a little excitement to their garden will enjoy this book.” —Greenfeeder

“Who better to write a book about spiky plants than the holder of the U.K.’s national collection of phormiums, those pointy-leafed dazzlers from New Zealand? . . . Christopher Holliday persuasively presents the case for swords, straps and spikes—plants that add crisp lines and sculptural effect, particularly in contemporary gardens. . . . Point made!” —Gardening Life