The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques
Excellent book on maintenance techniques for perennials. Very little in the way of design advice but I will look for that in another book. I took the time though to read through the encyclopedia of plants at the back and take notes on the ones I have in the backyard. Supplanted my normal reading for two weeks. To me that is high praise for a gardening tome. Jul 23, Lee rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Gardeners, aspiring and experienced. Shelves: nonfiction. If I had to choose one gardening book, this would be the one.
Aug 24, Trudie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: cold climate gardeners. Shelves: non-fiction. This is the only perennial gardening book a cold climate gardener needs. The author has a wealth of information that would ordinarily take a lifetime of experience to learn. I'm a master gardener.
Most other perennial books are primarily plant encyclopedias. This writer has actually gotten her hands dirty. Jun 22, Debbie rated it it was amazing. Excellent reference for the perennial garden how to prune plants you'd never think of shaping or pruning - borrowed from the library but one I'll buy.
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Aug 10, Diane rated it it was ok. More of a gardening autobiography or an "I Love Me" book than helpful.
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The text and photos constantly refer to her own or clients' gardens. Oct 07, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: horticulture , favorites. Essential reference for practicing horticulturists. Geared to Midwestern US, but easily adjusted to your region by comparing seasonal events.
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Excellent maintenance info. Mar 20, Anita rated it really liked it. You live; you learn. I should have looked at the copyright date, Gardening has evolved, especially where tilling the ground is concerned, which destroys the delicate eco-system.
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting Pruning Techniques
This book offers an invaluable and comprehensive timeline for gardening chores. Unfortunately, the advice in this book is for states with predictable weather conditions, which is definitely not Georgia, which can go from snow flurries, to thunderstorms, to picnic weather within 24 hours. It offers some terrific how You live; you learn.
It offers some terrific how to's, and the pictures are gorgeous, with several before and after. I recommend this book. Sep 18, Nancy rated it it was amazing. It's hard to find a gardening book that offers something new, but this one does--encouraging the gardener to tend the perennial plant throughout its life or its attractive life, anyway. Completely no-nonsense and a great find at this time of year when pruning, dividing, and hacking things off is appropriate. This will, I am certain, join the half-dozen other gardening books that I turn to, again and again.
Jun 10, Teresa rated it it was ok. A book written by an egomaniac, in a condescending style that made me want to spit!
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Informative nice color photos. Aug 28, Anita Campbell rated it it was amazing. As we go into late summer and soon to be fall, the garden starts to look a little raggedy. Despite what many people think, perennials look a lot better in the late summer or fall if you do some tending. You have to clean them up a bit as they wind down their flowering -- remove old flower stalks, trim yellowing leaves, and in some cases cut back the plant to a few inches whereupon it will send up a new flush of fresh green growth or sometimes rebloom.
If you're interested in maintaining your gard As we go into late summer and soon to be fall, the garden starts to look a little raggedy. If you're interested in maintaining your garden to look good at this time of year, this book is the best for telling you what to do to which plants. Tracy DiSabato-Aust, who is from Columbus, Ohio, wrote this classic book about maintaining perennials.
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I heard her speak a few years ago and bought a copy which she autographed. Since then it has become my bible. It helps that she's from Ohio.
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Although farther south than me, the climate is close enough that everything she suggests fits my garden well. If you're from anywhere in the Northeast, Great lakes, Mid-Atlantic or Midwest you'll find this book quite useful. I highly recommend this book for any gardener who loves perennials, and even for the casual weekend garden who just wants a few daylilies and other common perennials to thrive and look good. May 23, Mia rated it it was amazing Shelves: garden.
Excellent resource detailing how to make the most of your perennials, from proper planting to adjusting bloom times, shaping-up plants after blooming and mapping out the tasks involved for each plant, each season. Tracy DiSabato-Aust More about the author. Undoubtedly, this new version will become indispensable, too. The maintenance needs and planting and maintenance schedule sections that follow offer guidance not often found in gardening literature. This third revised edition is worthy of purchase for its 50 new plants, including some native species important to pollinators and for human enjoyment.
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