For gardeners who are perhaps unsure of what to grow or how to put plants together in coherent planting schemes, this book looks to gardens of the past. David Stuart presents 16 gardens—illustrated in color photographs and watercolor plans—that are simplified versions of those created by such gardeners as Vita Sackville-West, Margery Fish, and Piet Oudolf. Stuart's extensive knowledge of period plants and how they were grown together has enabled him to re-create historical classics like a Renaissance parterre or Monet's water garden from contemporary planting lists and plans.
"With such vivid inspiration, creating an intimate version of any of these classic gardens falls into the range of possibility."—LATimes