Plant User Handbook: A Guide to Effective Specifying

Plant User Handbook: A Guide to Effective Specifying

Editor(s): James Hitchmough, Ken Fieldhouse

Published Online: 21 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9780632058433

Online ISBN: 9780470757208

DOI: 10.1002/9780470757208

About this Book

Professional landscapers and all those involved in creating green spaces have long been in need of a book that is a guide to plant specification, but also makes sense of plants and their cultivation.


Plant User Handbook is for practitioners who are professionally engaged in the use of plants in public, commercial and institutional landscapes. Planting schemes are undertaken on the basis of a binding contract - generally between the client (who owns or leases the landscape) and the implementer (the landscape contractor), with the designer acting both as specifier and contract administrator. Within this contractual relationship, planting schemes must be implemented to an agreed timetable. To manage this procedure efficiently, landscape designers and managers need quick access to the factual and scientific background for practical planting design and its implementation through specification writing and contracts.


The book covers over 20 well defined topics, and is written by leading experts in the industry. It is arranged into five sections:


  • Preliminaries to plant use and the landscape
  • Managing plant growth on landscape sites
  • Establishment and management of trees
  • Establishment and management of smaller woody plants
  • Establishment and management of herbaceous plants

Carefully illustrated with diagrams, black and white photographs and colour plates, this handbook provides a unique resource for professionals wanting to improve their specification skills, as well as to explore creative approaches to design and practical implementation.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Preliminaries to Plant Use and the Landscape

    1. Chapter 3

      Procuring Plants for Landscape Projects (pages 25–43)

      Nick Coslett, Tom La Dell, James Wilson, Mike Smith, Mike Browell and John Parker

  2. Part II: Managing Plant Growth on Landscape Sites

  3. Part III: Establishment and Management of Trees

    1. Chapter 10

      Semi-mature Trees (pages 128–142)

      James Wilson, Caroline Swann and Peter Thoday

  4. Part IV: Establishment and Management of Smaller Woody Plants

  5. Part V: Establishment and Management of Herbaceous Plants

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