Perennials

Better Homes and Gardens Perennial Gardening

Publisher: 
Wiley
Publication Date: 
2010
ISBN: 
978–0–470–87844–6

paper, 287 pp., $19.95

This work will attract beginning gardeners with its broad range of text, organization of relevant topics, attractive graphic design, and extensive photography for plant identification. However, this book may confuse a novice in some places. For example, “A perennial is a non-woody plant that lives for more than two years and typically dies back as hard frosts embrace foliage.” Many gardeners know that all woody plants — trees, shrubs, and some vines — are perennial in their growth.

Volume: 
13
Number: 
3

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs

Author: 
Tracy DiSabato-Aust
Publisher: 
Timber Press
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
0-881-92559-4

cloth, 456 p., $39.9

Rivaling her own best-selling book, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, Tracy DiSabato-Aust has produced a book that addresses all the layers of garden making. Including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs, The Well-Designed Mixed Garden is a refreshing mix of garden design, color theory and plant encyclopedia. Any student of garden design will be delighted to read — and use — this book. At nearly 500 pages, it is a prodigious work.

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Volume: 
5
Number: 
4

Giant Perennials: Star Performers for the Garden

Author: 
Susan Berry
Publisher: 
Firefly Books
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
1-552-97712-9

paper, 144 p., $21.95

Garden design can include "giant" plants that give seasonal size and definition without the cost of trees and shrubs. Author Susan Berry presents different options for gardeners, with schemes that address shade, sun, moisture, color and foliage. Many of the plants described in Giant Perennials are fast-growing, so the options are numerous for a gardener willing to experiment. Berry also provides plenty of tips to get started, from weeding to watering and propagation.

Subjects: 
Volume: 
5
Number: 
3

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