The definitive book on perennials is now bigger and better than ever
The revised 10th Anniversary Edition of Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials is the last word on growing lush, healthy gardens using hundreds of gorgeous, versatile perennials. Highlights of this new edition include seven new garden designs by well-known landscape artists from around the country; over 75 new encyclopedia entries, with hundreds of new plants added; and three new chapters: Perennial Flower Finder, Perennial Combinations, and Growing with the Design. The result is a winning mix of information and inspiration-and beautiful color photographs-to take one's dream garden from concept to reality.
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.
Wonderfully diverse, wild flowers are a wealth of eye-catching colors, shapes and sizes. With his unique eye, Snowdon turns his attention to the flowers found in hedges, fields, and meadows. Close-up studies - with each flower posed simply against a white background - offer revealing looks at the beauty of the plants, with shape, color, and personality clearly defined.
Snowdon treats each botanical subject with the same care and attention that he devotes to the people he photographs, illustrating and emphasizing the individual forms and capturing on film the shapes that most intrigue him. Charming stories present the flowers' physical characteristics, explore the plant's lore and legend, and provide Latin names and practical horticultural information. One learns, for instance, that the stinging nettle not only refreshed thirst in the form of nettle beer but also was used by Greek maidens to intentionally sting for a Good Friday penance; that the foxglove may get its name from "fairy thimble" (Irish translation) or "folk's glove" (the English derivative); and that bracken is painted as "quite the villian," poisonous and a "thug" in the plant world.
With 39 plants, photographs, and stories, this lovely book makes an excellent, beautifully illustrated reference for botanists, nature walkers, and amateur plant lovers alike.
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.
This enchanting tour of America's most cherished birds and flowers is an intimate collection of lovely images from beloved letterpress studio Dutch Door Press. Each state's emblematic flora and fauna are paired in winsome vintage-inspired compositions and accompanied by fascinating facts about the states, the plant and animal species, and how they came to symbolize their regions. From the quail and poppy of California to the bluebird and rose of New York, every page of this volume offers a visual treat filled with charm and nostalgia. An exquisite tribute to a sweet tradition, Birds & Blooms of the 50 States is perfect for Mother's Day gifting and year-round good cheer.
In Practical Rose Gardening, author Inger Palmstierna shares two of her special interests with us: modern roses, where the assortment is ever changing, and how one can use roses in a garden together with other plants. These are two fascinating areas she covers from top to bottom, so you can create a beautiful garden brimming with roses.Palmstierna begins by explaining the difference between a "modern rose" versus an "old-fashioned" variety. She then aids readers in selecting the right type of rose for their garden by providing detailed information on more than fifty popular rose varieties--pick your favorites by color or the type of environment in which each species thrives. Roses that grow as ground cover, for example, are easy to look after and are attractive on slopes and larger areas; roses that climb are perfect for a trellis or arch; and roses that grow as bushes are sturdy and can flower several times a season. And if you'd prefer to grow your roses in a pot on a balcony or terrace, you'll also learn how to care for them in winter After you've learned which plants work best as companions to your roses, Palmstierna launches into the ever-important care of your roses, explaining the simplest ways to plant and prune. You'll also master how to buy and select the best plants from shops and garden centers and deal with common rose problems, including improving the soil and dealing with pests. Start growing your beautiful, thriving rose garden today
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.
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.
Perennial combinations are the building blocks of beautiful, successful gardens. Choosing perennials that look great and grow well together is a skill that can take years to develop, but with this book, you're guaranteed to make perfect plant choices right from the start. In Perennial Combinations, expert plantsman, C. Colston Burrell hand-selects 120 of the best perennial combinations for homeowners, then offers his expert advice on how to grow and use the combinations to create great gardens.
Each combination is featured in a stunning color photograph accompanied by a numbered photo key and plant list, so it's easy to find and buy exactly the right plants to re-create the combination in your own garden. Each combination features just two to six plants, so they're perfect for even the smallest garden space. You can plant each combination just as it appears in the book, or for a bigger color splash, just repeat the combination or mix it with others that are suited to the same conditions. You'll find combinations for stunning bloom from spring through fall; combinations especially suited to challenging sites like heavy clay soil or seaside gardens; and combinations just for fun, like fragrant combinations and combinations that attract butterflies.
C. Colston Burrell has lived and gardened in different climates across America, so he's made sure this book is useful to gardeners from California to Maine. He's also a professional garden designer, and he's applied his talents to create 22 original garden designs that feature the book's individual combinations. Plus every page includes his personal gardening wisdom, so you'll not only know which perennials to plant together, you'll know how to maintain those perennials so your garden will look beautiful year after year.