50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants

50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants

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by Tracy DiSabato-Aust
     
 


Tracy DiSabato-Aust has taught thousands of readers how to design and maintain their gardens. Her first book -- The Well-Tended Perennial Garden -- is Timber's best-selling title and widely considered the bible of perennial maintenance. 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants is packed with useful tips, practical hints, and Tracy's own gardening…  See more details below

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Tracy DiSabato-Aust has taught thousands of readers how to design and maintain their gardens. Her first book -- The Well-Tended Perennial Garden -- is Timber's best-selling title and widely considered the bible of perennial maintenance. 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants is packed with useful tips, practical hints, and Tracy's own gardening experience. It is sure to find a place on the shelf and in the heart of every gardener. Tracy has identified 50 show-stopping plants that anyone can grow. Each selection is a dynamic choice for nearly every garden. Even better? All 50 plants have passed Tracy's test for toughness, beauty, and durability. These are Tracy's personal favorites, chosen after years of studying how to make beautiful outdoor spaces with a minimum of maintenance.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

"DiSabato-Aust is an approachable garden writer. She knows we all love to garden but that we have lots of demands on our time and need astute guidance, which she provides in this fantastic book."
Akron Beacon Journal - Elaine Diaz

“Gardeners who want the wow without the work will find plenty of ideas in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s new book, 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“This colorful guide gets right to the point, promoting the stars of the garden with a full-page close-up, a few smaller images, plus a fact and bio sheet highlighting why each deserves center stage in your garden.”

Akron Beacon Journal
“Gardeners who want the wow without the work will find plenty of ideas in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s new book, 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants.”

American Gardener

"This is a must-have because it will tell you when and how to prune your perennials for better vigor—and how to get them to bloom more than once a season where possible."
Oregonlive.com
"DiSabato-Aust’s experience with and passion for plants infuses every aspect of the book, from its engaging style to her discipline in keeping it short but thorough."

Marion Star

"DiSabato-Aust’s experience with and passion for plants infuses every aspect of the book, from its engaging style to her discipline in keeping it short but thorough."

Caledonian Record

"It is sure to find a place on the shelf and in the heart of every gardener."
Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly

"For those gardeners who love plants but lack the time to spend hours in the garden, this is an excellent book."
Library Journal

The 50 plants chosen here for their appealing characteristics and visual allure, especially to the harried gardener, variously promise heat, cold, and drought tolerance; resistance to insects, deer, and diseases; freedom from deadheading, fertilizing, staking, pruning, and frequent division; and, most of all, carefree enjoyment over multiple seasons. Getting the biggest bang for your buck in terms of ease of care and visual impact can be a hit-and-miss affair with the average garden plant, so DiSabato-Aust, a well-known garden speaker and author of The Well-Designed Mixed Garden and The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, puts her extensive knowledge to work in this nicely illustrated volume. The photographs capture the essence of each plant's foliage, arch, and color in close-ups and broader shots of border plantings. Sidebars highlight the most notable characteristics of each plant and point out hardiness zone, height and spread, sun and shade needs, and compatible plant neighbors. Recommended for all public library gardening collections.
—Donna L. Davey

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881929508
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/07/2009
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
542,214
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Tracy DiSabato-Aust, an award-winning designer and a nationally recognized horticultural author, professional speaker, and consultant, has been in the landscape industry since 1978, working, studying, and teaching at gardens in Belgium, England, Canada, and the U.S. She is the owner of Horticultural Classics and Consultations—a garden design company. DiSabato-Aust has contributed articles and photographs to many national magazines, including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Garden Gate, Midwest Living, American Nurseryman, Real Simple, and Garden DesignShe resides near Columbus, Ohio.

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50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gl More than 1 year ago
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.
Coneflower More than 1 year ago
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.
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Elag More than 1 year ago
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.
SeattleKendra More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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