With this beautiful book at your fingertips, you can select, plant and care for the trees and shrubs that suit the conditions present in your garden: * Detailed listings for 75 different species of trees and shrubs, along with information on more than 850 recommended varieties and cultivars best suited for Minnesota and Wisconsin gardens * Size, shape and growing zone * Notes on the best features of each species or variety * What tree or shrub to select for a specific location * How to plant, prune and propagate * Soil, moisture and sunlight requirements * Year-round maintenance * Tips for solving pest and disease problems * Color photographs throughout.
Twenty-seven watercolor plates complement a gardening book in which the acclaimed novelist, poet, and biographer selects twenty-five of her favorite flowers and describes their appearance, origins, characteristics, and the best ways to grow them.
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.
Plants need your assistance to live up to the label perennial. You will learn exactly how to help your perennials thrive. From groundwork and plant selection to deadheading and dividing, detailed pictures and text cover the most popular perennials -- ensuring the success of plants and gardeners alike. Features: Assured Beauty; Professional Techniques; Details on caring for more than 200 perennials; Professional tips and techniques for proven results.
Every year, the world's most innovative garden and landscape designers are invited to the grounds of Chaumont, the famous chateau in the Loire Valley some 125 miles from Paris. Here they create an array of brilliant new gardens, which are on display from May through the summer. explore global influences; the specific role of plants; outdoor art; representing time and change; the rapport between gardens and landscapes; and creations of wit and whimsy. In this book, commentaries explore the themes behind the gardens, their impact on designers and the public's reaction to and interaction with these experimental ideas. Plant lists and plans provide practical support for those interested in adapting the ideas or re-creating their own gardens. from Japan to the Netherlands, as well as world-famous artists such as Louis Benech, Judy and David Drew, Lynden B. Miller, Fernando Caruncho, Peter Latz, Adriaan Geuze and the Italian Land I Agency.
Heirloom plants are the varieties grown in our grandparents' gardens, before hybridization created standard plants with less variety. These "antique" plants are coming into vogue with many gardeners who enjoy the nostalgia and boundless diversity of heirloom plants. Heirloom Country Gardens offers a plan to grow these beautiful plants to their best advantage.
This collection of botanical illustrations from the splendid collections at the Library of Congress showcases the discoveries made over a 400-year period, chronicling the exploration from the viewpoint of some of the best botanists and illustrators of their time.