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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season into Autumnby Nancy J. Ondra
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Embrace the jewel-toned fruits, flaming foliage, and woody plants of the fall garden. Landscape designers Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen offer practical design ideas, plant advice, and 10 complete garden plans in this autumnal gardening guide. Ondra and Cohen’s expertise is complemented by stunning color photographs that illustrate the beauty and variety of this often overlooked gardening season. You’ll be inspired to use vines, tree shrubs, and flowers to contribute color, texture, and beauty to your garden well past summer’s peak.
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.
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Nancy J. Ondra, author of Container Theme Gardens, is a garden writer and editor as well as the former owner and operator of a small rare-plant nursery. 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), Five-Plant Gardens, The Perennial Care Manual, Fallscaping, and Grasses. She currently gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and blogs at www.hayefield.com.
Stephanie Cohen, “The Perennial Diva,” has received awards from the Philadelphia Horticulture Society, was elected a fellow of the Garden Writer’s of America, and was named a Garden Communicator of the Year by American Nursery and Landscape Association. Cohen founded the aboredum at Temple University and served as the director for five years. She has written for Country Living Gardener, Blooms of Bressingham Perennial Program, American Beauties Program, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Magazine, Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, and Green Profit.
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.
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