Annuals for Every Purpose: Choose the Right Plants for Your Conditions, Your Garden, and Your Taste

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Hot on the heels of the best-selling Perennials for Every Purpose, this new book has the same goal in mind— to make growing annuals easier by presenting them in the way you use them in the garden. Whether you have a shady site or a cool climate or you want terrific annuals for beds or containers, you'll find more than 400 plants listed by their special feature rather than in plain alphabetical order. That's the "purpose" in the book's title, and it makes your job of choosing ...

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Overview

Hot on the heels of the best-selling Perennials for Every Purpose, this new book has the same goal in mind— to make growing annuals easier by presenting them in the way you use them in the garden. Whether you have a shady site or a cool climate or you want terrific annuals for beds or containers, you'll find more than 400 plants listed by their special feature rather than in plain alphabetical order. That's the "purpose" in the book's title, and it makes your job of choosing annuals effortless!

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From choosing seeds to grooming and fertilizing, veteran gardening writer Hodgson (Perennials for Every Purpose) guides readers through the making of an annual garden. He explains what to look for at the nursery, how to design with annuals and how to keep plants blooming all summer long. True to its title, the book includes encyclopedic listings of annuals suited to every imaginable whim, whether gardeners want their flowers to bloom in the shade, attract birds and butterflies, hang in baskets or make pleasing dried arrangements. Hodgson's entries include growing tips for each plant, potential problems and quirks, and suggestions for "good neighbors" to plant beside it. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Larry Hodgson is a well-known garden writer, lecturer, and media personality. He is a regular contributor to gardening magazines such as Horticulture, Harrowsmith, and Canadian Gardening, has authored several successful books, including A Garden Lover's Guide to Canada, Houseplants for Dummies, and the best-selling Perennials for Every Purpose, and co-authored others, such as All about Perennials.

Larry's a favorite on the lecture circuit for gardening groups in the United States and Canada and he can be seen on French-language television, both as a host and as a guest. He is a former editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine and a radio garden commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is also a gardening columnist for several Internet sites, including Icangarden.com. He leads garden tours all over the world, visiting public and private gardens on various continents.

Larry lives with his wife and children in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, just outside of Quebec City. He studied at the University of Toronto and Laval University, where he earned a degree in modern languages. Always involved in every aspect of gardening, Larry volunteers for various gardening organizations and is presently national director for Region VII of the Garden Writers Association of America. In addition, he finds enough spare time to appear in community theater productions for the Quebec Art Company.
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Table of Contents

A letter from Larry viii
Part 1 Annual Gardening Made Easy x
Getting Your Garden Started 2
Annuals & Their Place in the Garden 3
Preparing the Site 3
Starting from Seed 4
Multiplying by Cuttings 7
Planting Annuals in the Garden 8
The Container Option 8
Picking the Perfect Annuals 10
What Is an Annual? 11
10 Things to Look For in an Annual 12
A Note of Caution 13
Buying Annuals 13
Buying Smart 15
Designing with Annuals 16
Design Basics 17
Beyond "Borders" 18
The 10 Commandments of Annual Design 19
Garden Designs with a Purpose 19
Keeping Annuals Alive & Kicking 28
Back to Basic 29
The ABCs of Grooming 30
Water Wisely 31
Fertilizing for Good Growth 32
Overwintering Annuals 32
Know Thine Enemies 32
Part 2 Choosing the Best Annuals 36
Multipurpose Annuals 38
Annuals to Sow Directly Outdoors 70
Drought-Resistant Annuals 96
Annuals for Cool Conditions 126
Annuals That Bloom in the Shade 150
Low-Growing Annuals for Beautiful Borders 172
Giants for the Back of the Garden 192
Climbing Annuals 214
Annuals for Cut & Dried Arrangements 242
Annuals with Decorative Fruits or Foliage 278
Flowering Annuals for Containers & Hanging Baskets 304
Foliage Annuals for Containers & Hanging Baskets 332
Annuals for Bees, Birds & Butterflies 362
Acknowledgments 390
Photo Credits 390
Sources 391
Recommended Reading 392
Index 393
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map 406
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