The Bottom Line
- Nice selection of plants.
Grouping plants by color is useful for designing.
- Clive Nichols' photos are awesome!
- Each plant has cultural info and pairing recommendations.
- More growing and maintenance tips would be nice
- Paperback (236 Pages)
- Published 2010, by Timber Press, Incorporated
- Suggested Retail: $12.95
Guide Review - The Gardener's Color Palette
But there is more depth to this little book. Fischer choose the flowers for this book "...because they embody color with a particular intensity or flair." He contends that it is impossible to think about flowers without thinking about color and I would have to agree. One of the strongest elements of this book is the series of thumbnails at the start of each chapter, where you can see the varieties within a single color; the hues, saturations and tints.
The flowers are grouped by color with chapter headings like "Green to Chartreuse" and "Brown, Bronze and Copper". The enlarged close-up photos remind you that gardens are primarily visual and I suspect the sparse text is intentionally trying to pique your interest without distracting you from the spectacular view.
I like to learn about plants by growing only a few new varieties at a time and really focusing on what and how they do. "The Gardener's Color Palette" makes a nice reference of suggestions for new plants to try. I've got Chinese autumn gentian and ‛Roma' masterwort on my short list.