Gardening with Perennials Month by Month

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One of the most practical perennial guides for North America, this text provides the monthly blooming schedules and growing requirements of more than 700 species, plus hundreds of their cultivars. Each chapter presents a month of blooming perennials, March through September, with an extensive list of plants arranged by blossom color.

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Overview

One of the most practical perennial guides for North America, this text provides the monthly blooming schedules and growing requirements of more than 700 species, plus hundreds of their cultivars. Each chapter presents a month of blooming perennials, March through September, with an extensive list of plants arranged by blossom color.

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Editorial Reviews

National Gardener
"Provides practical information ... for both the amateur, garden club member and the professional perennial gardener."—National Gardener, July 2004
Fine Gardening
"He (Joseph Hudak) knows his sugject through and through and writes with economy and absolute clarity ... it is brilliant ... makes the book worth the price."—Sydney Eddison, Fine Gardening, May/June 1994
— Sydney Eddison
Fine Gardening - Sydney Eddison
"He (Joseph Hudak) knows his sugject through and through and writes with economy and absolute clarity ... it is brilliant ... makes the book worth the price."—Sydney Eddison, Fine Gardening, May/June 1994
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"He (Joseph Hudak) knows his sugject through and through and writes with economy and absolute clarity ... it is brilliant ... makes the book worth the price."—Sydney Eddison, Fine Gardening, May/June 1994
Booknews
A practical guide to growing hardy perennials in North America. Documenting some 700 separate species, plus hundreds of their noteworthy cultivars, the guide describes the monthly blooming schedules and growing requirements of all types of garden perennials, as well as hardy ferns and ornamental grasses, and hardy bulbs which bloom from spring to autumn. The present edition (first was 1976) maintains the unique format of the original--presenting the blooming time of every plant in a monthly calendar organized according to the color of the flowers--but has been revised, updated, and expanded, and adds 435 color photos taken by the author. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881926347
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Edition description: Revised, Expand
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Hudak was the plant materials instructor for twenty years in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and also taught at the Radcliffe Seminars Program. He serves as Landscape Design Advisor for the National Garden Clubs and received the Meritorious Service Award for lifetime achievements from the American Horticultural Society. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Mr. Hudak is also the author of Design for Gardens.

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The natural nutrients for all plant growth are normally found only in soil. When a major nutrient such as nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium is deficient, any plant may soon show signs of discolored foliage, stunted growth, or paltry flowering. Trace elements such as iron, boron, zinc, copper, and magnesium, while not needed in large amounts, are also essential to best growth. An in-depth soil analysis can determine what is missing as well as suggest what chemicals to use to correct the imbalance.
Nitrogen is essential for stem and leaf development. Phosphorus is for root enlargement and expansion. Potassium is for flower and fruit production. Since nitrogen is easily dissolved both by repeated rainfall and by mechanical irrigation, it needs to be replaced more frequently than phosphorus or potassium. Manufactured products are available in either a quick-acting chemical form or a slow-acting organic formulation.
Always

follow the manufacturer's instructions for application exactly. Distribute the fertilizer evenly — never in clumps. Scratch it lightly into the top surface, and follow with a thorough watering to start the fertilizer into a useful solution. Excess amounts of water-absorbing, dry fertilizer left to nature's erratic rainfall schedules can damage delicate feeder roots at the surface of the soil.
Fertilizing established perennials is usually recommended at the start of spring growth, yet many spring bulbs benefit from feeding right after blooming ends in order to stimulate stronger budding for the next season's leaves and flowers. Newly divided perennials, having reduced root systems, are best left unfertilized until they show definitive new growth.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 9
U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Zone Map 17
The Monthly Calendar 19
March 21
April 29
May 73
June 135
July 191
August 235
September 257
Hardy Ferns 267
Useful Lists 281
Perennials Blooming 6 Weeks or More 283
Perennials Having Attractive Foliage Throughout the Growing Season 287
Perennials Having Persistent Winter Foliage 289
Perennials Showing Ornamental Fruit or Dried Flower and Seed Head Possibilities 291
Perennials Exhibiting Satisfactory Drought Tolerance 292
Perennials Enjoying Constantly Moist Conditions 295
Perennials Preferring Semishade 297
Perennials Accepting Deep Shade 299
Bibliography 301
Index 303
Metric Conversion Graph 326
About the Author 327
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