With Macunovich's techniques for prioritizing, planning, and record keeping, you'll be able to grow a world-class perennial garden with an average of one hour of maintenance per 100 square feet per month.
An Put plants together in your own backyard using the best combination ideas from design professionals across the United States. More than 100 stunning gardens inspire you to mix and match your favorite plants with confidence. Spark your garden-design creativity with proven groupings, test-planted and enjoyed by the experts. It’s easy when every combination uses no more than six different plants!
The exciting ensembles include a variety of textures, colors, and seasonal displays. You will find chapters devoted to Perennial Partners, Masses of Grasses, Annual Acquaintances, and Ground Cover Groupies. There are plants for every preference and colors for every season, with alternatives for various climates. Choose your favorite and plant it as a gorgeous focal point in your garden or as a splash of fresh color in a small space.
“Scott Calhoun is the ideal garden friend — an opinionated observer, a collector of cool plants and esoteric information, and a writer at the top of his game. A browse through Designer Plant Combinations is like spending an afternoon with a civilized gardening companion who has chosen to share his secrets gleaned from a lifetime obsession with plants.”
— James A. Baggett, Editor of Perennials and Nature’s Garden
Lee Schneller has used her fun and easy blueprint system to design hundreds of gardens that begin blooming in late spring and don’t quit until the last days of autumn. Now you can apply her no-fail formula to your own yard. In just five easy steps — measure and draw, set height proportions, calculate plant numbers, begin the blueprint, and choose your plants — you can plan a foolproof season of nonstop colorful blooms. Includes questionnaires and checklists to help you choose the best plants for your garden, a Flower Catalog listing 220 easy-care possibilities, a plant planning chart that doubles as a shopping list, and complete growing information and maintenance tips. Season-spanning spectacular color is easier to attain than ever before.
Plan a flower garden for season-round beauty and color with this indispensable reference to growing 541 annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Each plant listed features precise information on regional suitability; how to sow seeds indoors and out; how and when to transplant seedlings; general plant care; when to expect the plant to flower; and how to propagate the plant. An at-a-glance design planner lists bloom time, color, height, and site requirements for more than 1700 species. All this, plus a full-color gallery of more than 500 flowers, makes this the essential Potting Bench Reference Book for every flower gardener.
How do you keep your perennial beds looking their best, season after season? This comprehensive resource covers everything you need to know, from planning and planting to watering, mulching, pruning, propagating, and much more. Author Nancy Ondra also includes an in-depth, plant-by-plant guide showing you how to maintain more than 125 of the most popular perennials, giving specific information on everything from soil requirements to bloom height to preparing plants for winter. Simple, clear instructions and beautiful photography make it easy to keep your perennial garden beautiful!
“I can think of no one better equipped to teach gardeners how to maintain a perennial garden than Nancy Ondra.” –Fran Sorin, author of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening
Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra are both thoroughly obsessed with everything about gardens and gardening — digging, planting, designing, and creating great canvases of living color and texture. Their encouraging words, based on practical experience and the belief that there is more than one right way to create a garden, boost confidence and promote experimentation. After all, Stephanie builds her garden combinations around harmonious colors and contrasting flower forms, whereas Nan’s love for colorful foliage leads her to feature dramatically contrasting leaf colors and textures. Along with design basics, they present 20 garden plans, as well as the before-and-after stories of gardens they’ve created for themselves and their families.
Think roses are difficult to grow? Let rose expert Peter Schneider show you the secret! All you need to do is choose the right rose for the location and conditions in which you’ll plant it. Schneider describes the specific characteristics of hundreds of roses and helps you decide which ones are right for the spot you have in mind—in a flower bed, in a border, as a hedge or privacy screen, on a trellis, along a fence, in a container, and more. He even includes information on hardy shrub and heritage roses suitable for colder climates. Simple instructions make rose growing easy and enjoyable, from planning and planting to maintaining your roses at their best and protecting them from pests and disease. And more than 400 gorgeous photos make this book as irresistible as it is useful. The perfect gift for any rose lover!
“Right Rose, Right Place is not to be missed. Peter Schneider introduces the reader to hundreds of varieties that he has personally grown over the past thirty years in his Ohio garden…a complete, valuable, well-indexed, well-referenced compendium of rose information. And it is also just plain fun and pleasant reading as well.” — Dr. John Dickman, Editor, Questions & Answers column, American Rose magazine
“This sequel to Carrots Love Tomatoes is "an unorthodox guide, full of surprises, and fun to read as well as helpful…more interesting than many how-to's.”
— Publishers Weekly