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The first of three volumes in the Gardening in the South series. This series is the most definitive and comprehensive guide to Southern gardening.

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The first of three volumes in the Gardening in the South series. This series is the most definitive and comprehensive guide to Southern gardening.

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Table of Contents

Plant Names xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 The Garden 1
The Southern Gardening Heritage 3
A Gardener's Choice 4
A Gardening Journey 6
The Nature of a Garden 8
The Creative Gardener 10
Plants as Design Building Blocks 14
Chapter 2 Getting Started 19
The Sunny South 19
Climatic Factors Affecting Plants 26
Southern Soils 29
Preparing the Soil to Plant 31
Enriching the Soil 35
Soil pH 40
Gardening Tools and Supplies 42
Chapter 3 Planting Trees and Shrubs 53
Planting Bare-Root Plants 54
Planting Balled and Burlapped Plants 58
Planting Container-Grown Plants 61
Bed Planting 62
Chapter 4 Southern Shade Trees 65
Criteria for Choosing a Shade Tree 67
Placing a Shade Tree Properly 77
Choosing the Right Type of Tree 79
All About the South's Best Shade Trees 89
Choosing Trees for Special Situations 134
Purchasing Shade Trees 137
Keeping Your Shade Tree Growing 139
Tree Problems 143
Chapter 5 Southern Flowering Trees 145
Selecting Flowering Trees 147
All About the South's Best Flowering Trees 150
Growing Flowering Trees Successfully 175
Chapter 6 Southern Shrubs 179
Selecting Shrubs for Your Landscape 180
Growing Shrubs Successfully 185
Choosing the Right Shrubs for Your Garden and Landscape 187
All About the South's Best Evergreen Shrubs 189
Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons, and Other Evergreen Flowering Shrubs 231
Azaleas for the South 232
Camellias for the South 241
Rhododendrons for the South 250
Other Evergreen Flowering Shrubs 255
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs 256
All About the South's Deciduous Flowering Shrubs 259
Roses for the South 288
Chapter 7 Southern Lawns 307
Lawn Grasses 309
All About Southern Grasses 312
Selecting the Right Grass for Your Lawn 317
When to Plant 319
Planting the New Lawn 319
Renovating an Old Lawn 322
Maintaining a Beautiful Lawn 324
Index 335
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