Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants [NOOK Book]

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Selecting perennial plants can be overwhelming – there are hundreds of choices, and it’s difficult to know when your plants will bloom, whether they’ll thrive in sunny or shady spots, and which ones will look well together. In Five-Plant Gardens, Nancy Ondra eliminates the guesswork and the stress, offering 52 garden plans that each use only five plants! These plans are simple, inexpensive, and sure to look beautiful all season long. They are grouped according to whether they grow best in sun, partial shade, or ...

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Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants

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Overview

Selecting perennial plants can be overwhelming – there are hundreds of choices, and it’s difficult to know when your plants will bloom, whether they’ll thrive in sunny or shady spots, and which ones will look well together. In Five-Plant Gardens, Nancy Ondra eliminates the guesswork and the stress, offering 52 garden plans that each use only five plants! These plans are simple, inexpensive, and sure to look beautiful all season long. They are grouped according to whether they grow best in sun, partial shade, or full shade, and each one includes an illustrated planting plan, a shopping list with brief plant descriptions, information on what to expect as the planting matures, and tips on customizing the plan for different sites and climates.

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“Ondra cuts through the confusion that would otherwise attend the process of creating a border or bed, including tips for creating a garden for a particular season or color scheme. She helps the gardener with a simple key: planting a magic five plants for a variety of beds.… Her guidelines … reflect her skill as an accomplished horticulturist … Other highlights include the color photography of Rob Cardillo and a generous supply of design plans. The reader will benefit from this gardener’s eye and her sharing of knowledge. More to the point, the resulting garden will be so simple yet sophisticated that it will look easy.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603429047
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 4/25/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 121,190
  • File size: 48 MB
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Meet the Author

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 hayefield.com.

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Table of Contents

Why Five Plants?


Starting a Perennial Garden from the Ground Up


Five-Plant Gardens for Full Sun to Partial Shade


Bright White Garden - Stunning in Silver - Think Pink - Red All Over - Vision in Blue - Touch of Gold - Bold and Beautiful - Perennials in Pastel - Welcome Spring - Summer Spectacular - Autumn Abundance - Winter Wonderful - A Nonstop Garden - Beat the Heat - Wet and Wild - Amazing Rain Garden - Coping with Slopes - A Great Foundation - On the Edge - A Salt Solution - For the Birds - Hummingbird Heaven - Butterly Banquet - Don't Stop Here, Deer! - Fabulous Fragrance - Cut Flowers for Free - Miniature Meadow - Cottage Charm


Five-Plant Gardens for Partial to Full Shade


Just White for Shade - Silver Celebration - Thinking Pink - A Study in Blue - Say Hello to Yellow - Blooms for Shade - Pretty Pastels - Spring into Action - Summer Sanctuary - Fall Flowers & Foliage - Winter Delights - A Year-Round Garden - Color for Dry Shade - Wet-Site Wonders - A Rain Garden for Shade - Shady Slope Planting - Around the House - Elegant Edging - Salt in the Earth - Hummingbird Magnet - Deter the Deer - Perfumed Perennials - Backyard Flower Shop - Country Cottage Style


USDA Hardiness Zone Map


Index

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    A Fantastic book for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike Hav

    A Fantastic book for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike

    Having read one of Nancy Ondra's previous books and love it, I was excited by this latest book, which covers my favorite type of plants - perennials. With "Five-Plant Gardens" Ondra has created a bible for anyone looking to work with perennial plants. You don't need the perfect light, soil, or moisture conditions because the 52 'recipes' the book guides you through getting the best results from any garden.

    Having read a couple other books on the subject, I was worried that Ondra's book would simply be a repeat of them. I couldn't have been more wrong. The content is excitingly unique and simple yet informative. Boiling down your focus to just five-plant gardens makes this growing season that much more exciting. In the words of the author, this "simply to follow planting plan can make the different between inspiring success and frustrating disappointment."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    This is a very helpful reference for beginners (like myself) and

    This is a very helpful reference for beginners (like myself) and provides great plans and information for non-beginners.  

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