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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Beautiful Perennial Gardens Have Never Been Easier

Take the guesswork out of designing and planting perennial beds with Nancy Ondra's plans for 52 gardens, each one featuring just five perennials that grow well together and combine for stunning visual effect.

Whether you choose the cool elegance of Stunning in Silver, the cheery colors of Summer

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Beautiful Perennial Gardens Have Never Been Easier

Take the guesswork out of designing and planting perennial beds with Nancy Ondra's plans for 52 gardens, each one featuring just five perennials that grow well together and combine for stunning visual effect.

Whether you choose the cool elegance of Stunning in Silver, the cheery colors of Summer Spectacular, or the classic appeal of Cottage Charm, each design includes everything you need to succeed.

Illustrated garden plans, complete with your plant shopping list

Season-by-season growing highlights and care tips

Notes on siting or expanding each garden and choosing alternative plants.

Editorial Reviews

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:
285,915
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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“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!”

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"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."

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