Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Dream Plants for the Natural Garden by Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen

Title: Dream Plants for the Natural Garden
Authors: Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publish Date: December 1, 2013
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this didn't affect my review.

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a non-fiction fan.
  • You love gardening!
What's the Story?:

From "In this book, pioneering garden designers Henk Gerritsen and Piet Oudolf describe their special choice of ideal plants, perennials, bulbs, grasses, ferns and small shrubs. An ideal plant is one that is both beautiful and robust, performing reliably with very little input from the gardener. Complete growing information is provided for each plant along with advice on how to use it to best effect. Gerritsen and Oudolf have a genuinely innovative approach to gardening. Rather than striving for big, bold masses of colorful blooms that are vigorously pruned back as soon as they have finished flowering, the authors choose plants chiefly for their form - leaves, flower heads and stems included - which means they retain their natural beauty through all the seasons."

My Two Cents:

Do you want to treat the special gardener in your life to something special? If you're looking for a great gift book, this book would be absolutely perfect. This book is full of great information about all sorts of plants. There's information about various plants and ideas on how to mix the plants to create something really gorgeous.

This summer was the first summer that I could have a garden since I finally have space to go wild with plants! I had a lot of fun gardening this spring and summer but I was kind of doing things haphazardly (i.e. going to the garden center and just picking pretty things). I think this book is going to be an excellent resource for me in the future. This book took me a long time to get through as I was taking notes while I was reading about what I want to plant next year!

This would be a great resource for both beginner and experienced gardeners who are looking for a fantastic resource!



  1. Planning to redo the backyard and put in more flowers, I'd love to read this book!

  2. I always enjoy a good gardening book so I'll have to look for this one. Thanks for the review and congratulations on acquiring your own garden joy!


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