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Book Review – Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners

Today I am once again I’m joining Holley of ‘Roses and Other Gardening Joys‘ in doing a monthly book review on a favourite gardening book from my personal library. My chosen book this month was a Birthday present from my Brother last year – and how I love this book.

Exoting Planting for Adventurous Gardens by Christopher Lloyd & friends is a beautiful book full of rich colourful photographs showing the exotic plantings of Great Dixter. My copy is hard cover  with beautiful glossy photographs and has pride of place as a “coffee table” book in my living room.

Book Review: Exotic Planting

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I haven’t tried to replicate any of his work (i know my limitations), but it is an inspiring, beautiful book that will enthrall any avid gardener.

From the book sleeve

Christopher Lloyd (1921 – 2006) was one of the twentieth century’s most influential and adventorous gardeners. Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners tells the story of his exotic garden at Great Dixter, which has delighted, and sometimes shocked, summer visitors since it replaced an eighty-year-old, Lutyens-designed rose garden. The bold foliage of palms was combined with handsome, cut-leaved sumach and arching New Zealand flax; statuesque cannas and bright dahlias, threaded with mauve verbena and infilled with annual climbers, added dazzling color from June until the first frosts; and the whole feeling created was one of being wrapped in a voluptuous living community.

For everyone who loves Christopher Lloyd, this book is an unexpected bonus. His last and most adventurous work was almost complete at the time of his death in 2006, and a handful of his gardening friends gladly finished the task. Illustrated with stunning photographs by Jonathan Buckley, Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners both inspires and instructs. Few gardeners will be able to resist Lloyd’s call to “do something outlandish, to splash out, and be freer than ever.”

About Garden Bloggers Book Review

Garden Bloggers Book Review is a monthly meme hosted by Roses and Other Gardening Joys (20th day of the month). Whether its vegetable gardening, flower gardening, specialized gardening, design, landscape, or even fiction (that includes a garden, such as ‘The Secret Garden’), Holley invites you to share your take on the garden books you have read.  “Each of our gardens are different, and each of our tastes in garden books will probably be different – but I think if we tell what we like (or not) about each book, we can get a good sense of the books we might want to add to our collection”.  Join Holley on the 20th of the month and share one of your books with us all.

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

5 replies on “Book Review – Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners”

I have several of his books, but not this one. I guess like Christina, I wondered about “exotic”. But, perhaps, he means bold, colorful, and a little unexpected instead. I think I would really like that! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, and for joining in. Adventurous gardening sounds fun! Love the pics of your animals, too. Very cute!

Great Dixter is a wonderful garden and Christo was a a superb writer as well as an inspiring gardener. I’ll look out for this book, although exotic often means tropical and so not plants I can grow easily. Christina

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