Continuous Bloom: A Month-by-Month Guide to Nonstop Color in the Perennial Garden


A guide to keeping a perennial garden in bloom from April through October, this book provides all the information a gardener needs to grow beautiful flowers. Detailed information includes descriptions of flowers, bloom length, light and soil requirements, care, propagation, and potential problems.

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A guide to keeping a perennial garden in bloom from April through October, this book provides all the information a gardener needs to grow beautiful flowers. Detailed information includes descriptions of flowers, bloom length, light and soil requirements, care, propagation, and potential problems.

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Cleverly arranged by month of blooming time, Duthie's book covers 272 perennials, including traditional perennials and selected bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs. Each "plant portrait" provides the scientific and common names of the plant; details of its flower, foliage, care, uses, and propagation; plants to combine it with; and problems, insider's tips, and a good color photograph of the perennial. One drawback is that while the author provides the USDA zone(s) where each perennial does best, no map of all USDA zones is included in the book itself. Libraries needing a good, basic guide to perennials should first consider Larry Hodgson's Perennials for Every Purpose (LJ 12/99), which covers almost three times the number of plants as Duthie's book and offers more information on them. Public libraries in USDA zones four through eight may want to consider Continuous Bloom as an added title, especially if the subject is popular with your patrons.--John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Essentially a photo gallery of 272 perennials that Duthie uses at her northern Illinois-based landscape design and consulting firm. Arranged by bloom time, each one-page entry includes a 3.5x5<"> photo and a short list of attributes<-->including plant type (e.g., herb, native, bulb, fern); USDA zone; flower and foliage; bloom length; height and spacing; light and soil needs; special care requirements; uses; propagation methods and timing; and pest and disease problems. Duthie also includes insider tips, suggestions for unique combinations of perennials, and several appendices with additional advice on maintenance and selection. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883052287
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Pam Duthie is the author of Continuous Color: A Month-by-Month Guide to Shrubs and Small Trees for the Continuous Bloom Garden.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Achieving Continuous Bloom in the Garden xi
Chapter 1 March: The Emerging Garden: Hope Springs Eternal 1
March to April 2
Chapter 2 April: Daffodils and Wildflowers 7
April 8
April-May 9
April-June 30
April-September 38
Chapter 3 May: The Merry Month As the Profusion of Flowers Grows 39
May 40
May-June 41
May-July 84
May-August 90
May-October 93
Chapter 4 June: The Profusion Doubles 105
June-July 106
June-August 133
June-September 150
June-October 161
Chapter 5 July: The Fireworks of Daylilies in the Sun and Astilbes in the Shade 175
July-August 176
July-September 207
Chapter 6 August: Hot Colors Add to the Sizzle of Summer 231
August-September 232
August-October 256
Chapter 7 September: Back to School: Learn to Extend the Bloom into Fall 273
September-October 274
Chapter 8 October: It's No Trick--Glorious Grasses and Late Bloomers Are a Treat 281
October-November 282
And What's Still Blooming? 286
Chapter 9 November--The Last Hurrah! 287
Chapter 10 Who Stops Gardening in Winter? 291
Chapter 11 Nitty-Gritty Tips for Good Garden Care 295
Appendix A Colored Foliage Bridges the Seasons of Bloom 303
Appendix B Hostas by Color of Foliage 305
Appendix C Popular Mail-Order Astilbes: A Guide to Color, Height, and Bloom Time 307
Appendix D Select Daylilies: A Guide to Color, Height, and Bloom Time 309
Appendix E Perennials Least Affected by Deer- and Rabbit-Browse 311
Appendix F A Few Mail-Order Catalogs 315
Appendix G Plant Societies 317
Bibliography 319
Botanical Name Index 321
Common Name Index 325
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