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50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    Excellent gardening resource with gorgeous pictures. Highly recommended for urban gardeners, no-fuss gardeners and novices!

    As a novice gardener, I am drawn to gardening books with a judicious mix of beautiful pictures and helpful advice. This book caught me with its opening:

    I wrote this book because you might be like me. You love to garden, but there is never enough time...I'm constantly rethinking areas of my garden and seeking beautiful yet tough plants to replace demanding ones. I refer to them affectionately as indomitable - not easily defeated, resolute, unconquerable, determined, and strong...These plants should be easy to care for but they should bring passion and excitement into our lives with their colors, textures, shapes, and scents. It's great if the plant is easy to grow, but if it's of minimal ornamental value, who really cares?
    -50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants by Tracy Disabato-Aust

    Disabato-Aust selected 50 highly ornamental plants that require minimal care and are either US natives or award winners from around the world. Each plant is able to make a statement in multiple seasons because of its long lasting bloom, color, texture, form or fragrance. I'm particularly glad of this selection process since as an urban gardener, I am limited to container gardening.

    She points out that color doesn't just come from the blossoms, but to encourages us to look at the plant's bark and foliage and fruit as well. The book is full of helpful advice both for selecting plants and for caring for individual specimens. She developed a very useful checklist for evaluating plants and divides them into High-Impact Traits and Low-Maintenance Traits.

    The High-Impact Traits are: (1) multi-season interest; (2) colorful foliage; (3) long-lasting bloom; (4) outstanding texture; (5) and architectural form. The Low-Maintenance Traits are: (1) long-lived; (2) tolerant of heat and humidity; (3) cold-hardy; (4) deer resistant (not so critical for us urban gardeners); (5) resistant to insects and disease; (6) requires minimal or no deadheading; (7) prospers without heavy fertilizing; (8) doesn't require staking, infrequent or no division required for 4 or more years; (9) infrequent or no pruning required to maintain decent habit, appearance or best flowering; (10) non-invasive; and (11) drought tolerant.

    The beauty of this gardening book is that you can flip through its pages for a plant that catches your eye and then determine whether it would be a fit for your and your garden. I was surprised to find many of the beautiful specimens that I'd admired to be low maintenance and the book has given me ideas for both for my garden, my mother's shady garden unit in Boston and my uncle's large garden in Gloucester.

    I highly recommend this book for urban gardeners, novice gardeners, and gardeners who would like to spend less time tending plants and more time enjoying them. It's a great gift book as well.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    50 High Impact, Low Care Garden Plants. WOW!!

    This book is incredible. Easy to read. Enjoyable. Beautifully illustrated. I recently moved to a new city and plan to use "50 High Impact, Low Care Garden Plants" to select the plants I'll use in my new gardens. I thank Tracy DiSabato-Aust for again sharing her amazing knowledge. I own all three of her books and I treasure them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants

    I really enjoyed the photography; however, most of these plants are for a very large yard, and I live in the city of Chicago, so most of them could not be used in my garden. I was rather disappointed, since very few of the plants featured were appropriate for the city.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

    Perfect book for beginners and long time gardeners, who don't want to work hard

    I saw Tracy DiSabato-Aust speak at the Seattle Flower and Garden Show and she was a hit with the crowd. This book is from years of Tracy's research in her own demonstration garden. It lists which plants take the least care but have the highest impact. The fifty plants listed here work well in most gardens and meet at least 10 criteria that make them desirable, such as long-lives, cold-hardy, deer-resistant, minimal pruning, non-invasive, drought-tolerant, etc. The photo's are lovely it has large print for older eyes. I highly recommend this book for your gardening library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2009

    Great Book!!

    This book is great. It is very informative and helpful. The pictures are amazing. I recently purchased a home that is in major need of help in the flower bed. I now feel confident that I am able to pick the right plants to liven it up. I also have very few hours to spend on gardening and this book has made me see I can have a beautiful, low maintenance flower bed. Thanks Tracy

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