Create a floral haven with help from a celebrated garden designer and flower lover.
Jan Johnsen’s latest book, Floratopia: 110 Flower Garden Ideas for Your Yard, Patio, or Balcony showcases beautiful flower varieties and offers illustrated design ideas that will have you seeing the potential for colorful flowers, both annual and perennial, in all kinds of outdoor spaces, large or small. Essential advice—such as "Hot Weather Flower Garden Tips," "Tiny Space, Tiny Garden," and "Tips for Layering with Flowers"—is accompanied by lush photos and informative captions. Selected growing tips—such as "Become a Rake Master" and "Should I Cut Back in Winter?"—answer common questions and ensure success for gardeners of all skill levels.
Floratopia both inspires and enlightens; it underscores the role of flowers as pollinator magnets and encourages the appreciation of flowers throughout their entire lifecycle. Choice tips for butterfly gardens, combining grasses and flowers, and deer-resistant combinations also include recommended cultivars and suggested soil conditions. This engaging book is divided into six chapters:
Flowers in Pots and Planters
Flower Garden Planting Tips
Flower Garden Design Tips and Green Thoughts
Themes for Flower Gardens
A Few Choice Perennial Flowers to Try
A Selection of Favorite Annual Flowers.
Floratopia appeals to gardeners and flower lovers alike. Jan’s encouraging voice, experience, and contagious passion for flower garden design will inspire you to plant joyful blossoms wherever you live.
About the Author
Jan Johnsen began her professional life in Japan in a landscape architecture office. She has been a principal in a landscape design-and-build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools, based in Westchester, New York, for more than thirty years. Her natural design approach is evident in the landscapes that she shares in her books: Heaven Is a Garden, The Spirit of Stone, Floratopia and Gardentopia.
Jan has done it again! In Floratopia, her new book, she brings flowers to us, in all their ebullient splendor. She makes growing them approachable and understandable, with just the right balance of plant science and delicious, enticing descriptions. There is something here for everyone, from the novice to the seasoned landscape designer. And have I mentioned the photographs? You will go “mad with joy”!
— Wickie Rowland, APLD, award-winning landscape designer, New Castle, NH