Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses: Expert Plant Choices and Dramatic Combinations for Year-Round Gardens

Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses: Expert Plant Choices and Dramatic Combinations for Year-Round Gardens

by Adrian Bloom
     
 

There are hundreds of perennials and grasses available to gardeners - how can they know whether or not they’re making the right choice? In Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses, Adrian Bloom distills his years of experience as a nurseryman and gardener into 250 reliable choices that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and provide year-round interest.

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There are hundreds of perennials and grasses available to gardeners - how can they know whether or not they’re making the right choice? In Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses, Adrian Bloom distills his years of experience as a nurseryman and gardener into 250 reliable choices that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and provide year-round interest.

Detailed descriptions feature information on growth, care, and design tips for use in gardens of all sizes. Bloom shows the reader how to design and plant well structured borders that feature perennials and grasses with a mix of other plants playing supporting roles. He also shares his trademark “river of plants” design style that dramatically features the beauty of a plant throughout its life.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
"Authoritative text, vivid color photographs, and carefully selected plants...make this an excellent choice for American gardeners in zones 3-9 looking for some of that magic."

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“[Author is a] strong and lucid advocate for gardening with perennials ... This is a very good and useful book.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"…a lavishly illustrated tome that gives instructions on how to design and plant well-structured borders that feature perennials and grasses—Bloom's hallmark—with a mix of other plants meant to play supporting roles."
New Orleans Times-Picayune
"…a lavishly illustrated tome that gives instructions on how to design and plant well-structured borders that feature perennials and grasses—Bloom's hallmark—with a mix of other plants meant to play supporting roles."
Booklist
"This is a book for unapologetic flower lovers, people who want lush green and bursts of color in their yards year-round."
Library Journal
A lifelong gardener, Bloom (president, Blooms of Bressingham Nursery, Norfolk, UK; Blooms of Bressingham Garden Plants) here recommends almost 400 perennials and grasses suitable for the home garden. He begins with a section on garden design followed by specifics on choosing plants and general cultural information. He also describes a core group of 12 "tried-and-tested" plants that he often uses in his own garden designs. The heart of the book, the "Directory of Recommended Perennials and Grasses," is arranged alphabetically by scientific name, with each entry including common name(s), the plant's native regions, detailed descriptions, sitting information, culture, size, U.S.D.A. hardiness zones, and further recommended species or cultivars. Stunning color photographs enhance every page. He concludes the book with various lists of plants such as drought-resistant plants or plants for small gardens. VERDICT The authoritative text, vivid color photographs, and carefully selected plants—many of which are available at U.S. nurseries—make this an excellent choice for American gardeners in zones 3–9 looking for some of that magic British gardening wisdom.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881929317
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/21/2010
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,050,233
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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