Clifton's inspirational book is a helpful guide to the myriad forms that can be used to support climbing plants, from the traditional trellis and pergola structures to colorful do-it-yourself obelisks and shimmering screens of recycled CDs.
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Climbing Gardens, By Joan Clifton.
What goes up is just as important as what spreads out in any garden, writes Clifton, whose London company Avant Garden sells wrought-iron and wirework frames for topiaries. Especially in small, urban gardens, where up is literally the only way to expand.
The book provides colorful photographs illustrating garden settings that incorporate climbing structures, and it also provides step-by-step photos to build various structures and screens. At the end of the book is a thorough guide to climbing plants, detailing which planting zones they thrive in as well as which structure will best accommodate them.
(Review by Jennifer Sergent/ Scripps Howard News Service)
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