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.
This is a collection of 22 garden and landscape projects from "Fine Gardening" magazine. Projects include how to: add a fence; build a garden wall, from dry stone to rammed earth; create a garden oasis; and make housing for garden plants. Home gardeners, horticulturists and landscapers give first-hand accounts of common projects readers can build for their own landscapes. Also, practical, in-depth descriptions, together with full colour photographs and step-by-step illustrations, give clear directions on what needs to be done and how to go about doing it.
For many gardeners, gardening is a moving meditation that brings peace and deep relaxation. This text reminds the reader that being in the garden (as opposed to active gardening) is a way to honour the intrinsic relatedness of people and plants.
Authoritative, accessible, and engaging, here is a new reference from The New York Times, a comprehensive, nearly 700-page bible of all the garden news that's fit to print. Based on "Gardeners Q&A." the enormously popular syndicated column, 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers is like a passionate conversation between gardeners and gardening experts. Every week readers from around the country send in their most vexing problems--how to divide perennials, prune raspberry canes, grow basil that really tastes like basil, get rid of earwigs, find long-lost varieties of flowers, keep honeysuckle under control--and every week, the authorities at the Times write a column full of answers.Carefully selected, updated, and expanded by Leslie Land, one of the column's two authors, here are 1,000 Q&As that add up to an informal encyclopedia of gardening knowledge. The book covers flowers, trees, shrubs, the lawn, vegetables, herbs, fruit, indoor plants, soil, pests, and troublemakers. It addresses problems and provides answers to difficulties in every North American zone. Hundreds of line drawings illustrate the book, providing botanical identification and demonstrating how-to gardening techniques. In addition, sidebars throughout supply supplemental information--"Dos and Don'ts of Deadheading," "Annuals that Beat the Heat," "To Prune or Not to Prune: The Clematis Question," "Air Layering," "Windowsill Bonsai"--plus quirky facts, trivia, lore, and myth. It's big, it's got heft, it's filled to the brim with information. And it's so lively, it reads like a novel--and belongs on every gardener's potting bench and bedside table.
Sunset answers the needs of budding Midwestern gardeners with this lavishly illustrated guide to the best ways to make their gardens grow and prosper. Starting with varieties that are known regional successes and moving on to complete planting and growing information, this book is the one that Midwesterners will turn to in order to plan and enhance their gardens. One of the first volumes in Sunset's new series, it includes a Calendar of Top 10 Tasks for each season and a whole chapter devoted to lawns and their alternatives, including native prairie plants. Edited by popular Midwest gardening guru Bonnie Blodgett of St. Paul, Minnesota, editor to "The Garden Letter quarterly newsletter.