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Fallscaping: Extending your Garden Season into Autumn

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Give your garden a showstopping finale. Soak up warm October afternoons outdoors in your glorious fall garden. Practical design ideas, plant advice, and ten complete garden plans from Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen will have you puttering in the dirt later than you ever thought possible. Here are the vines, trees, shrubs, and flowers that you'll love to tend through September and even into November—plants that thrive in early autumn's mild temperatures and gentle rainfall, and contribute color, texture, and ...

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Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season into Autumn

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Overview

Give your garden a showstopping finale. Soak up warm October afternoons outdoors in your glorious fall garden. Practical design ideas, plant advice, and ten complete garden plans from Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen will have you puttering in the dirt later than you ever thought possible. Here are the vines, trees, shrubs, and flowers that you'll love to tend through September and even into November—plants that thrive in early autumn's mild temperatures and gentle rainfall, and contribute color, texture, and beauty well past summer's peak.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen have found an easy, breezy way to convey fun, fresh ideas."
Country Living Gardener

"Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen have found an easy, breezy way to convey fun, fresh ideas."

“It’s an indispensable book for anyone who wants to extend the garden’s interest until spring comes around again.”

GardenDesignOnline.com

“There’s nothing like having splendid shades right outside your window, on your own property. But deciding which fall trees, shrubs and vines to plant can be a daunting decision, and that’s where Fallscaping can help.”

Plain Dealer

“…detailed how-tos on everything from saving seeds, to deadheading, to extending bloom time.”

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Fallscaping will inspire gardeners to make the most of New England’s most glorious season.”

Boston Globe

“Leave it to Nancy Ondra to give us another beautiful book, this time about the glorious fall garden. [H]er 240 pages are bound to make you reconsider your plant palette to include some of the rich reds, burgundies and golds we are seasonally missing.”

Orange County Register

“Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season Into Fall” by Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen offers lots of ideas on how to push the summer gardening season well into fall.”

The Journal News

Country Living Gardener
"Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen have found an easy, breezy way to convey fun, fresh ideas."
Publishers Weekly

Pennsylvania gardeners Ondra and Cohen (Perennial Gardener's Design Primer) bring imaginative ideas, practical techniques and new inspiration to autumn, that often-neglected tail end of the gardening year. According to the authors, the "key players" of "fallscaping" include the multicolored foliage of trees, grasses and other plants; flashy seedheads and berries; long-blooming perennials; late-blooming sedums, coneflowers, asters and goldenrod; the surprising fall-blooming crocuses, daffodils and lilies; and vines like honeysuckle and sweet autumn clematis. Ondra and Cohen submit a number of fall-friendly garden plans, complete with shopping lists, from a "high and dry" garden of echinaceas, lavenders and feather reed grass to a vegetable, herb and flower kitchen garden of peppers and basils (to be brought inside before cold weather) and kale and chard (to carry the harvest into winter), with colorful touches of alpine strawberries, sunflowers and pansies. Interspersed throughout are "Fall Techniques," with practical, down-to-earth information on how to divide perennials and design suggestions on planning paths, as well as more wacky ideas like spray-painting seedheads. The book ends with a "Fall Garden Care Primer," delineating ways to evaluate your garden, improve your soil, build new beds, take cuttings, prepare plants for winter, store your tools and care for your lawn (a long section). Full of useful details and lush photographs, this book rounds out the growing year and may fill a gap in many a gardening library. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

Garden writers Ondra and Cohen (Perennial Gardener's Design Primer) team up again to bring excitement and fun to fall gardening. Though many of us do not specifically plan for autumn gardens, the authors remind us that long-blooming perennials, hardy bulbs, showy seedheads and berries, and late-flowering trees and shrubs are some of the key players that combine with multiseason plants to create bursts of color that last from the spring through the "dog days" of summer and into the crisp, cooler fall. Interspersed throughout the book are full-color spreads, both photos and drawings, that vividly illustrate "Fall Techniques," with practical advice for taking cuttings and saving seeds, creating new garden sites, and using your autumn garden to provide supplemental food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Ten well-designed garden plans with shopping lists cover a range of color themes and growing conditions while demonstrating variations on putting together the ideas and suggestions that the book offers. The crown jewel of this book is the culminating "Fall Garden Care Primer" and calendar, listing helpful tips for evaluating your garden; improving the soil; planting, transplanting, and propagating plants; preparing gardens for winter; and maintaining garden tools. This book will likely fill a gap in many library gardening collections and will be a good addition to specialized and public libraries.
—Eboni A. Francis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580176804
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 9/12/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 922,908
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants, and the people who tend them for more than 20 years. A former director of photography at Organic Gardening, he now works for publishers, horticultural suppliers, and landscape designers throughout the United States. Visit him at www.robcardillo.com.

Stephanie Cohen has received awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Perennial Plant Association, and in 2000 she was named Garden Commentator of the Year by the American Nursery and Landscape Association. She lives in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Nancy J. Ondra is a garden writer and editor who owned and operated a small rare-plant nursery for six years. She is the author or co-author of a dozen gardening books, including Foliage (winner of the 2008 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society), The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer (winner of a 2006 Silver Award from the Garden Writers Association), The Perennial Care Manual, Fallscaping, and Grasses. She currently gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and blogs at www.hayefield.com.

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