Landscaping with Herbs is an idea book. A book that every time
it's read another point of interest is noted. Mr. Adams really loves his
herbs and wants to make a successful herb gardener out of each of us. More
than that, though, he wants us to expand the way we think of herbs to
include common culinary herbs in our landscape.
There are six major chapters that include; creating a
Fragrant Garden, a Formal Garden for Beauty, a Beneficial Formal Garden,
an Informal Landscape, a Contemporary Landscape, and a Wild Landscape.
Much appreciated is how each chapter introduces the
reader to a myriad of herbs including specific named varieties of well
known herbs. For instance, instead of just Thyme, many different Thymes
are mentioned and discussed and often a photograph of that plant is
included. Also, in each chapter are plans for using the herbs and several
color photos of the herbs actually being used in the landscape. This
realistic view of the plants is a big help when choosing plants for the
There are also useful, fun tidbits on many other aspects
of using herbs including information on Topiary Training, Knot Gardens and
Kitchen Gardens. There are recipes too, like Meatballs with Lovage,
Oregano, Savory and Basil, that make use of the herbs we grow.
A handy chart located at the back of the book lists each
plant and many of its physical characteristics such as zone and bloom
season. There is also a use chart which lists the landscape use and herbal
use of each plant.
It is easy to see why this book was honored by the
American Horticultural Society as a Great American Gardening Book.