– House & Garden
Arabella Lennox-Boyd is one of the foremost garden designers in the world. She has created some of the country's most stunning private gardens, in addition to commissions for the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and projects for Sting and Sir Terence Conran.
Looking back over her extraordinary career, Arabella takes us on a tour of the gardens that have had a particular interest or meaning to her. She describes the inspirations that led to the final design and plant combination. Famed for her herbaceous borders and a passionate collector of plants and shrubs, Arabella imparts her expert wisdom on planting and offers practical advice on landscaping.
The book will be illustrated with beautiful photography and accompanied by Arabella's sketches and planting plans.
Traditional English Gardens explores and celebrates English style in twenty-eight gardens in the care of the National Trust. The product of many influences - a passion for plants, a mild climate suitable for a wide range of species, the English love of the countryside - the gardens shown in the book strike a balance between the formal Italianate style and the Robisonian wilder garden; the ordered man-made garden combined with the idea of the natural Garden of Eden. From the genius of Hidcote Manor to the grandeur of Ham House, from the glory of Mottisfont Abbey to the enchantment of King Henry's Hunting Lodge, these English gardens are masterpieces of skillful planting and display an astonishing array of gardening ideas.
Private Gardens of London takes you behind the facades and in an eclectic selection this book explores thirty-nine of London's most interesting private gardens, some of which the author designed herself. The book describes their history, gives joys and frustrations from the owners themselves and includes designs, layouts, and choice of plants.
The first part of this book explores Arabella Lennox-Boyd's philosophy and establishes the principles of her approach to design: the importance of relating the garden not only to the landscape but also to the spirit of the house and the individuality of the owner; how to establish the bare bones of a design – enclosing garden rooms, and opening up garden space; how to use vertical structures to best effect; and how to clothe bare bones with plants appropriate to the type of garden. Design ideas for everything from paving and pergolas to perennial plantings burst from every page, captured in Andrew Lawson's atmospheric images and Lennox-Boyd's plans. The second part of the book looks in detail at more than 20 very different gardens, many these are private and never photographed before.