Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants: Annuals, Bulbs, Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs, Trees, Vegetables, Fruits and Nuts

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"In my experience of growing and writing about plants for 45 years, the first question people intemperate climates ask about an unfamiliar plant is whether it is hardy."
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What is a hardy plant? What is a hardiness zone? What conditions affect hardiness? Gardening expert Derek Fell answers these and other questions of gardeners living in a temperate climate. He challenges strict adherence to the zone system and ...

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Overview

An essential new resource for gardeners.

"In my experience of growing and writing about plants for 45 years, the first question people intemperate climates ask about an unfamiliar plant is whether it is hardy."
-from the Introduction

What is a hardy plant? What is a hardiness zone? What conditions affect hardiness? Gardening expert Derek Fell answers these and other questions of gardeners living in a temperate climate. He challenges strict adherence to the zone system and encourages readers to explore their garden's microclimates. Doing so can add two or three zones to a plant hardiness rating.

Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants is a comprehensive reference organized by plant type. Its easy-to-use directory format provides quick retrieval of specific data on over 700 recommended plants. Along with full color photographs of favorite annuals, bulbs, herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetables, fruits and nuts, the author includes:

  • Botanical and common names
  • Zone ratings
  • Height, width and growth habits
  • Flower, fruit, vegetable and nut production
  • Suggested uses
  • Soil, water and sunlight requirements
  • Planting tips and combinations
  • Preferred species and hybrids.

Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants provides a combination of observations, expertise and master photographs. This new book is a resource that gardeners will use again and again for its thoroughness, accessibility and reliability.

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Editorial Reviews

The Sudbury Star
In all, there are 675 recommendations, together with useful advice.
— Ian Munt
CanWest News Service
Offers clear information -- all the essential cultural facts you need for success.
— Steve Whysall
Newsday
There are so many beautiful color photographs that one could plan a garden simply by flipping through the pages.
— Jessica Damiano
Edmonton Journal
A pleasure to browse through ... loads of lovely images.... This would make a good gift for an adventurous gardener.
— Mairi MacLean
Chicago Botanic Garden Book Reviews
Handsomely illustrated.... What sets this book apart is the author's remarks about how the individual plant can be best used in the landscape.
The Record (Kitchener)
A worthwhile addition to any gadener's library and ... especially useful when planning a new garden.
— David Hobson
The American Gardener
This encyclopedia can save considerable frustration and money by offering us a starting point for our own experimentation.
— Nancy McDonald
Montreal Gazette
Handsomely illustrated ... informative ... concise and helpful.
— Julian Armstrong
Michigan Gardener
This book challenges strict adherence to the hardiness zone system and encourages readers to explore their garden's microclimates.... Its directory format provides quick retrieval of specific data on 675 recommended plants... This resource book offers readers new choices of beautiful and useful plants that survive our sometimes difficult climate.
The Vancouver Sun
Contains more than 700 recommended plants that are hardy, meaning they will survive over winter in coastal gardens. The key to successful gardening is to get the right plant in the right place. This book helps, as it offers clear information — all the essential cultural facts you need for success.
Beach Metro Community News
Not so much comprehensive as it is selective, focusing on "iron-clad hardy" plants that can survive tough winters.
— Mary Fran McQuade
The Journal News-Southern Westchester
An excellent idea book.
— Joel M. Lerner
The Packet [Clarenville NL]
A good variety of plants are presented with recommendations as to where they should be planteed, with beautiful color photographs.
American Reference Books Annual 2008
Good basic information... The photographs are all excellent... Very useful for gardeners in northern regions... A good practical guide. Recommended.
— John Laurence Kelland
The Toronto Sun
Great for anyone embarking on a new garden -- or a keener in search of something different.
— Sonia Day
Bee Culture
For bee gardeners in cold climates, this title by Derek Fell is invaluable.
The Sudbury Star - Ian Munt
In all, there are 675 recommendations, together with useful advice.
CanWest News Service - Steve Whysall
The key to successful gardening is to get the right plant in the right place. This book helps, as it offers clear information — all the essential cultural facts you need for success.
Newsday - Jessica Damiano
There are so many beautiful color photographs that one could plan a garden simply by flipping through the pages.
Edmonton Journal - Mairi MacLean
A pleasure to browse through, this reference for cold-climate gardeners has loads of lovely images.... Fell concentrates on what he calls "iron-clad" hardies. This would make a good gift for an adventurous gardener.
The American Gardener - Nancy McDonald
We cannot know, until we've tried them ourselves, which plants will thrive in our gardens. This encyclopedia can save considerable frustration and money by offering us a starting point for our own experimentation.
Montreal Gazette - Julian Armstrong
Handsomely illustrated ... informative ... concise and helpful.
The Record (Kitchener) - David Hobson
This book will be a worthwhile addition to any gadener's library and will be especially useful when planning a new garden.
The National Gardener (National Garden Clubs of th
Handsomely illustrated.... What sets this book apart is the author's remarks about how the individual plant can be best used in the landscape.
Beach Metro Community News - Mary Fran McQuade
Not so much comprehensive as it is selective, focusing on "iron-clad hardy" plants that can survive tough winters... Overall, the emphasis is on beautiful plants that are easy to find and care for.
The Journal News-Southern Westchester - Joel M. Lerner
An excellent idea book.
From the Publisher
A good variety of plants are presented with recommendations as to where they should be planted, with color photographs.
American Reference Books Annual 2008 - John Laurence Kelland
This encyclopedia has good basic information on each of the many plants covered. The photographs are all excellent. It will prove to be very useful for gardeners in northern regions... It is a good practical guide. This encyclopedia is recommended.
The Toronto Sun - Sonia Day
Fell reveals 700 "iron clad" choices of our less-than-perfect climate. Descriptions are short, with clear photos. Great for anyone embarking on a new garden — or a keener in search of something different.
The Vancouver Sun
Contains more than 700 recommended plants ... offers clear information -- all the essential cultural facts you need for success.
Michigan Gardener
This resource book offers readers new choices of beautiful and useful plants that survive a sometimes difficult climate.
Bee Culture
For bee gardeners in cold climates, this title by Derek Fell is invaluable.
Chicago Botanic Garden Book Reviews
Handsomely illustrated.
The Packet [Clarenville NL]
A good variety of plants are presented with recommendations as to where they should be planteed, with beautiful color photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554072408
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/16/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Fell is an award-winning garden designer and photographer and the author of more than a hundred gardening books and calendars, including Encyclopedia of Garden Design and Structure. His articles are published worldwide. Derek Fell lives in Pennsylvania at historic Cedaridge Farm, for which he has won several awards for design excellence.

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Excerpted from the Introduction: What Is a hardy plant?

In my experience of growing and writing about plants for 45 years, the first question people in temperate climates ask about an unfamiliar plant is whether it is hardy. They wish to know if it will survive severe frosts and frozen soil even though hardiness in its broadest sense can mean drought resistance, heat tolerance and survival in poor soil. To most people, therefore, hardiness among plants means COLD HARDINESS.

But even the term cold hardiness can be confusing because some plants will tolerate light frost (such as Chilean gunnera and New Zealand flax), but they are killed by prolonged freezing weather and especially frozen soil. There is also the common practice in books and catalogs to refer to plants as hardy, half-hardy and tender: hardy meaning a plant will tolerate heavy frost; half-hardy meaning a plant will tolerate light frost; and tender meaning that a plant is killed by even a mild frost.

For the purposes of this book, therefore, borderline half-hardy annuals and borderline hardy perennials (such as pampas plume) are not included. The focus, instead, is on what I term "ironclad hardy" plants, encompassing hardy annuals and perennials, woody plants, even herbs, fruit and vegetables that can survive severe winters, especially in areas where the ground freezes. This book represents a collection of the most important hardy plants for temperate gardens, with an emphasis on those that are relatively carefree, easy to obtain and likely to add the strongest visual interest in a garden setting.

Most of these plants are "survivors" — some prominent in home gardens, and others less familiar, but certainly worthy of garden space. The ornamentals are arranged alphabetically by botanical name, with a cross-reference common name index, and the edibles are arranged by common name because their botanical names are unfamiliar to most people. This organization of the ornamental section by Latin name is essential since common names vary from one area to another, and several plants can have the same common name, such as forget-me-not, which can include species in the family Myosotis and Cynoglossum as well as others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What is a hardy plant?

Annuals

Bulbs

Herbs

Perennials

Shrubs

Trees

Vegetables, Fruits and Nuts

Index
About the Author

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