My Favorite Garden Design Reference Books

by Cathy Carr, APLD

My friend Jane Berger wrote the other day, asking what my favorite reference and design inspiration books are. Jane is going to cover the topic in an upcoming post on her well-respected blog, gardendesignonline.com. As I looked through my home library, the following books showed the wear of more than occasional review:

New Garden Design: Inspiring Private Paradises, by Zahir Sandra

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein

Contemplative Gardens, by Julie Moir Messervy

Gardening with Nature: How James van Sweden and Wolfgang Oehme Plant Slopes, Meadows, Outdoor Rooms and Garden Screens, by James van Sweden

The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design, by James van Sweden

Color in My Garden, by Louise Beebe Wilder

Time-Tested Plants: Thirty Years in a Four-Season Garden, by Pamela Harper

Designing with Perennials, by Pamela Harper

Gardens by Design,by Noel Kingsbury

Rain Gardens: Managing water sustainably in the garden and designed landscape, by Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden.

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, by Tracy diSabato-Aust