Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-Round

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Tired of container gardens that look great in the summer but not the rest of the year? Garden designers Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins offer an innovative system for creating stylish container gardens that can change with the seasons with a minimum of fuss. They begin with a "main-stage" plant—a woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial—and then add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap plants in and out for a dynamic display that ...

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Overview

Tired of container gardens that look great in the summer but not the rest of the year? Garden designers Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins offer an innovative system for creating stylish container gardens that can change with the seasons with a minimum of fuss. They begin with a "main-stage" plant—a woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial—and then add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap plants in and out for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. Their simple approach yields endless variations, seasonal bursts of color, and varied textures that echo the ever-changing beauty of nature. The book features designs for twelve containers, each with a unique plan for swapping plants every season, for a total of 48 exciting looks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603427029
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 957,790
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roanne Robbins is a design consultant who specializes in creative plant and floral designs for small-space gardens, containers, and special occasions. She lives in Rhode Island and blogs at www.naturecontained.com.

Sara Begg Townsend is a garden writer and the former executive editor of Horticulture magazine. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Notes from Sara's Garden
Notes from Roanne's Garden
Introduction

Part 1: A New Take on Container Gardening
Expand Your Plant World
• The Four-Season Container Garden
• Picking Plants
• Get Thee to a Nursery
• A Village of Underplantings
• Containers Are Your Cardigans
• Planting Up and Swapping Out
• Planting Up Your Container
• Initial Underplanting
• Caring for Your Contained Garden
• Pruning for Long-Term Care

Part 2: Twelve Containers Through the Year
Container 1: Colorful Sticks
Container 2: Cool Bark
Container 3: Off-Season Blooms
Container 4: Dressing Up Topiary
Container 5: A Shrub for All Seasons
Container 6: Purple Deluxe
Container 7: Woodland Shrubbery
Container 8: Flowering Tree
Container 9: Very Berried
Container 10: Transplant Time
Container 11: Ornamental Grass
Container 12: Structure & Vines

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Somewhat Disappointed

    The concept presented in this book is great. I've been an avid container gardener for 36 years and love reading about it. The quality of paper used for the book is strong and durable, the three column design of the text is a unique change; yet the text itself is rambling and repetitive. Rather than achieving a charming conversational quality, my perception is that it "talks down" to the reader and the little "folksy" insertions seem forced. More editing and attention to layout detail - such as not allowing side bars and boxes to interrupt the flow of the main text, but rather enhancing it - would spruce up this book and make it more reader-friendly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Lovely book. Very helpful and absolutely beautiful.

    Lovely book. Very helpful and absolutely beautiful.

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