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.
Some Like it Hot is the ultimate guide for Southern gardeners who dream of colorful, continuously blooming annuals and perennials and peaceful garden settings. For those who live in the hot and humid Southeast, a profusion of blooms and high temperatures don't always go hand-in-hand. With the advice of Master Gardener PJ Gartin, Southern gardeners can relax as they peruse a wealth of botanical knowledge combined with lighthearted, yet horticulturally precise, information. Focusing on plants that not only survive but also thrive in hot and humid conditions, Some Like it Hot goes beyond the books that simply tell you what to plant, explaining how to understand, nurture, and propagate what's planted. No other book has addressed the specific peculiarities of hot and humid gardening, especially when it comes to herbaceous plants, as comprehensively and easily as this one.
Celebrated interior designer and renowned tastemaker Charlotte Moss turns her eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. Charlotte Moss's greatest muse is the garden, and this book shows the myriad ways the garden provides inspiration every day--indoors and outdoors. Touring readers through her own gardens, Moss offers insights on how to bring the garden into home life--including ideas for elegant flower arrangements from the garden and the table settings and menus they inspire, garden seating for entertaining and relaxing, interior color schemes drawn from nature, and much more. Moss also shares with readers key garden lessons that she has culled from her time spent exploring magnificent gardens around the world, including French and Italian, English and Russian, private and public, and also the gardens of great women, past and present. An extensive resource guide of notable gardens to visit is also included. With this verdant volume, Moss shows us--implores us--that to behold our own patch of beauty and pleasure (in Edith Wharton's words) is not beyond our reach.
Brilliant photographs and down-to-earth advice are packed into this guide to over 300 annuals suited to the climate of the western Great Lakes region. Engebretson and Williamson provide information on light, water and nutrient needs, as well as recommendations on how and when to start your plants. This book also includes tips on planting, growing, recommended varieties and problems and pests.
No longer the fancy of the wealthy, orchids are now a worldwide hobby for millions. Achieving success with orchids starts with understanding their needs -- so very different from familiar outdoor and indoor plants. And if you are successful just once, it is said, you will be hooked.
Well, here's the definitive introduction to growing orchids successfully. Author Jim James was recently awarded a Gold Medal at the 13th World Orchid Conference for his contribution to orchids. In this book, he parts with his four decades of experience and wisdom to help readers grow orchids in their homes, whether on a windowsill or under lights.
The particular cultural needs of those orchids commonly grown are dealt with in detail. Color photographs together with diagrams carefully support the text. In addition to specific directions relating to light, temperature, Orchids is a comprehensive resource for:
- the history of orchids in cultivation how orchids are named acquiring plants creating the right growing environment growing media and containers watering and feeding potting and propagation pests and diseases popular species and varieties, including cattleya, cymbidium, oncidium, paphilopedilum, phragmipedium, phalaenopsis, and more.
The author places emphasis less on the botany of the family but more on giving practical advice on selecting and growing orchids likely to be best suited to the conditions a reader is able to provide. He also provides advice on what materials can be substituted where those generally suggested are unobtainable.
A beautiful and practical guide to natural gardening, this book addresses the increasing interest in recreating natural landscapes. Wildflowers are hardier, less demanding of water, and not so dependent on chemical fertilizers as other species of flowers. In this illustrated book, the author shows the reader how to grow wildflowers on all types of terrain and specialized landscapes such as dry and wet terrain and high-altitude garden.
The host of the nationally syndicated Rebecca's Garden TV show has created a gardening reference book filled with easy-to-understand information and tips about houseplants, vegetable gardens, window boxes, plant doctoring, water gardens, and more. of color photos.
Dan Hinkley's quest for distinctive plants has led him on expeditions to China, Korea, Nepal, Chile, and remote areas of North America. The Explorer's Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials presents the most fascinating perennials found during Hinkley's treks around the globe, describes the assets each plant brings to the garden, and explains how it is best cultivated and propagated.Illustrated with Hinkley's own splendid photographs as well as those of Lynne Harrison, this new paperback edition includes a new preface by the author and a completely updated list of sources for plant material.