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

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

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by Nancy J. Ondra
 

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With literally hundreds of choices, it can be overwhelming to decide which perennials to plant in your garden. Nancy J. Ondra takes the stressful guesswork out of perennial garden planning by offering 52 vibrant designs, each made up of only five plants. Ondra tailors each simple design to a specific set of growing conditions, with plenty of tips to help your

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With literally hundreds of choices, it can be overwhelming to decide which perennials to plant in your garden. Nancy J. Ondra takes the stressful guesswork out of perennial garden planning by offering 52 vibrant designs, each made up of only five plants. Ondra tailors each simple design to a specific set of growing conditions, with plenty of tips to help your planting mature. Enjoy gardens full of sun-drenched blooming flowers and shade-loving greenery for years to come.  

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Publishers Weekly
02/03/2014
Planting an eye-popping perennial garden is the intended result of following the guidelines used by Ondra (The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer). In her newest, 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, which include a “shopping list” for each bed, reflect her skill as an accomplished horticulturist and include diverse color options (for example, “Stunning in Silver,” “Think Pink”) and seasonal schemes. She draws sound distinctions, differentiating, for example, between full-sun-to-partial-shade and partial-to-full-shade gardens. 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. (Mar.)
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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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612120041
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
363,094
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are Saying About This

Linden Hill Gardens Jerry Fritz

“Nancy’s hands on approach to gardening makes it fool-proof for instant results. Her plant knowledge and eye for talent and color is unmatched in our industry. Finally we now have a practical how-to for creating a garden with sure bound success!”

Host & Designer for HGTV's Curb Appeal: the b Kimberly Lacy-Lightford

"Five Plant Gardens is the newest and best version of any plant bible and Nancy is showing us the way. This book is great for beginner gardeners, landscape designers, nurseries, and average folks at home ready to bring some Curb Appeal to their yards."

Meet the Author

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.

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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Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very helpful reference for beginners (like myself) and provides great plans and information for non-beginners.