Tracy DiSabato-Aust has devoted years of study to creating showplace gardens with minimal maintenance. Her methods of pruning and shaping perennials, produce more flowers, encourage growth, discourage pests, stagger bloom times, and maintain vigorous health.
Gardening is one of the most popular, least exclusive hobbies of all. Everybody can garden. Gardening is good for the body; an hour or two of daily yardwork provides just the right kind of light exercise we all need. Responsible gardening also does good things for the environment: materials get recycled, and empty lots become community gardens. Gardening also can boost your mental health; it delights the eye and fuels the soul with a connection to the earth.
Even if you've never repotted a plant, you have the heart of a gardener if you love the taste of garden tomatoes or close your eyes when you sniff a blossom. Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will help novices get off to a solid start and help seasoned gardeners broaden their breadth of knowledge.
This book is for you if you want to
- Create a garden for the first time
- Know how to mow your lawn the right way
- Find out which bugs are eating up your plants
- Determine when and how much to water your garden
- Attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard
- Grow your own herbs and vegetables
Find your way around the garden center by knowing which soil amendments to buy, which tools to use, which plants to choose, and how to use pest controls. You can turn that brown thumb into a green one by exploring these other topics:
- Creating a landscape design: Know what you have; define areas and flow
- Exploring annuals, perennials, bulbs, and vines: Choose healthy plants; water and feed for longevity
- Buying and planting roses: Understand classifications, pruning methods, and winterizing
- Putting in a new lawn: Buy seed; remove sod; explore mowers and trimmers
- Planting seedlings, trees, and shrubs: Transplant from cell packs and larger containers; get bare-root or balled-and-burlapped plants into the ground
- Pruning and propagating: Understand the purpose; look at tools, techniques
- Dealing with weeds and disease: Identify damage; control spread
Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition, offers a slew of lists, illustrations, and color photographs to guide you as you garden. No matter what size your planting area, from sunny windowsill to patio to yard, you can nurture and grow a glorious garden.
Learn to identify nearly 300 North American flowers and plants believed to have some therapeutic value. The fact-packed text is filled with scientific information, historical background, and myths and legends about medicinal plants.
In The Prairie Winterscape: Creative Gardening for the Forgotten Season experienced gardeners Barbara Kam and Nora Bryan show how to claim winter as a gardening season by exploring the different and surprising ways to create natural beauty during the "no-grow" time of year. Many prairie gardeners are unaware that their gardens can be winter wonderlands with as much visual appeal as the glorious summer landscapes they are accustomed to.
For most, the first hard frosts are a sign to put the garden to bed until spring, which in some places and some years can be as many as 260 days away. That's a long time for an avid gardener to be "on hold," yearning to work the soil and smell the roses.
But it needn't be so.
By selecting trees and shrubs with dramatic silhouettes and colorful berries and bark, creating ornamental focal points that are enhanced by delicate rims of frost or a light blanket of snow, and leaving flower borders filled during the winter months with a collection of sturdy plants and grasses boasting interesting seed heads, prairie gardeners can redefine their favorite pastime to include the "forgotten season." It's an idea whose time has come.
Few gardens have perfect growing conditions. Invariably there is a corner that is too shady, windy or dry. The solution: a tough plant One that will shrug off the worst conditions, often thrive despite them.
Tough Plants is an easy-to-use, fully illustrated guide to more than 100 virtually unkillable plants for the garden -- whatever the growing conditions. The extended back flap of the book can be used as a quick reference to identify the symbols used throughout the book, identifying whether a plant is ideally suited for a particular situation, microclimate, or soil type.
The book features:
- An extensive directory with more than 100 plants chosen for their ability to survive difficult conditions, while adding beauty and color to the garden Assessing and improving a garden Matching plants to garden conditions Understanding soil and microclimates created by sun, shade, and wind Caring for plants in tough situations Suggestions on where, how and what to plant Dealing with damp or dry conditions, sun or shade Practical tips on getting started, planting, routine care, and weed control.
Outstanding Perennials" is the book for those who want the latest developments and trends in Perennials, from new varieties to design ideas."
Outstanding Perennials" is available in six regional editions.
Authors are among the most highly respected gardening experts in their individual regions and share their advice on the Perennials that perform best in their area.
Gardeners will be attracted to "Outstanding Perennials" for the same level of trust associated with Jackson & Perkins Roses."
Outstanding Perennials" gives gardeners advice on how to select, plant, grow, and provide care for Perennials.
An added bonus, "Outstanding Perennials" offers valuable design ideas, based on great Perennial and Rose combinations.