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A Proper Garden: On Perennials in the Border

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At last, a distinctive voice for the gardeners of North America. Elisabeth Sheldon, a superb plantsman, offers her extensive horticultural knowledge in A Proper Garden, a fresh, inspiring book of splendid prose. Her own gardens are proof of exquisite taste -- and successful cultivation of temperamental beauties. In the formidable climate of upstate New York, she has woven an enviable array of perennials into a living tapestry of shimmering colors and exciting textures. In A Proper Garden she shares her experience...
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Overview

At last, a distinctive voice for the gardeners of North America. Elisabeth Sheldon, a superb plantsman, offers her extensive horticultural knowledge in A Proper Garden, a fresh, inspiring book of splendid prose. Her own gardens are proof of exquisite taste -- and successful cultivation of temperamental beauties. In the formidable climate of upstate New York, she has woven an enviable array of perennials into a living tapestry of shimmering colors and exciting textures. In A Proper Garden she shares her experience with all of us who face extremes of heat and cold yet yearn to grow the cottage gardens and formal mixed borders of our fellow gardeners in the mild British Isles.

An important, immensely informative book, A Proper Garden explains how to achieve a balanced play of color throughout the seasons ... how to use silver foliage as a foil for brilliant blossoms ... how to handle the behavioral idiosyncrasies of otherwise desirable plants ... how to design a beautiful border that is distinctly yours ... how to succeed with the more tender specimens in the rudest of winters. Individual chapters focus on the choicest examples and best varieties of species both well known and under-appreciated: campanulas, dianthus, anemones, veronicas, yarrows, perennial salvias, hardy geraniums. A special chapter considers unusual plants for the rockery, whether you have a rock garden proper, a rock wall, or a raised bed. Generously illustrated with finely detailed drawings and appealing color photographs of Elisabeth Sheldon's own borders, this is an authoritative book, written with elegance, clarity, and wit.

This author shares her extensive horticultural knowledge with all North American gardeners who face extremes of heat and cold yet yearn to grow the cottage gardens and formal mixed borders of gardeners in the British Isles. 25 drawings, 12 color photos.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780811707114
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
A Proper Garden 15
Masses & Mulches 23
Lavender 29
Who Should Design Your Garden? 39
Almost All About Windflowers 44
Flower Arrangements in the Border 54
Hardy Geraniums 62
The Struggle for Control 73
Salvias 80
Averting Chaos 90
Campanulas 97
August 109
Dianthus 114
Plant Names 124
Veronicas 131
Winter 141
Sterling Silver 150
Facing Facts 166
The Volunteer 171
More Facts 174
Yarrows 181
Bulbs 189
Asters 194
Rock Plants 201
On Gardening 215
Index 218
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