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Elements of Planting Design

Elements of Planting Design

Richard L. Austin

ISBN: 978-0-471-39888-2

Nov 2001

192 pages

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Complete coverage of the art and science of planting design

This comprehensive guide provides clear, step-by-step instructions for creating a planting composition, from preplanning and developing a preliminary design to implementing the final plan. It enables designers to strike a balance between technical issues–such as regional vegetation requirements, soil grade, and climate, noise, and erosion control–and aesthetic considerations, including color, form, and seasonal variation.

Generously illustrated with more than 300 line drawings and photographs that reinforce and clarify the material in each chapter, Elements of Planting Design:

  • Offers a full overview of the ecology of planting design
  • Provides in-depth information on plants as design elements
  • Covers planting design for large- and small-scale residential and commercial sites
  • Includes challenging study questions and sample projects

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Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 The Ecology of Planting Design 1

Chapter 2 The Process of Planting Design 19

Chapter 3 Designing With Plants 35

Chapter 4 Planting Design Graphics 97

Chapter 5 Resources 145

Bibliography 171

Index 173

  • Offers full overview of the ecology of planting design which is of increasing interest to landscape architects and students.
  • Provides detailed steps for developing planting composition: from preplanning, to developing a preliminary design, to imple-menting the final planting plan.
  • In-depth information on plants as design elements, including coverage of physical and visual characteristics.
  • Generously illustrated - 300 line drawings and photographs reinforce the written material.
  • Pedagogy includes chapter objectives and study questions in the book, as well as a password-protected instructor resource web site containing several planting design projects.