Growing Perennials in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated Edition

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Revised and updated, this all-in-one guide designed for northern-tier gardeners from coast to coast features:

• more than 2,000 varieties proven to thrive in cold climates• five-star ratings to help you choose top-performing perennials
• new selections of varieties with variegated or brightly colored foliage
• new mail-order sources for hard-to-find varieties of each plant If you are a gardener and winter temperatures in your region can dip below -20 degrees, this is the one ...

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Overview

Revised and updated, this all-in-one guide designed for northern-tier gardeners from coast to coast features:

• more than 2,000 varieties proven to thrive in cold climates• five-star ratings to help you choose top-performing perennials
• new selections of varieties with variegated or brightly colored foliage
• new mail-order sources for hard-to-find varieties of each plant If you are a gardener and winter temperatures in your region can dip below -20 degrees, this is the one guide you need. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, Growing Perennials in Cold Climates is an excellent resource for selecting, siting, planting, and maintaining perennials that flourish in northern climates. This expanded edition identifies the fifty most popular perennial groups, offers in-depth information on wild and cultivated varieties best suited to cold climates, and rates more than 500 of the choicest plants. In addition to the plant data, this book includes a concise course in perennial gardening, from preparing a site and buying potted perennials to composting, watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding, staking, deadheading, pruning, protecting plants in winter, companion planting, and dealing with disease and insect problems. Owning this guide is like having a professional gardener at your side every step of the way. Written to make even the most sophisticated aspects of growing perennials easy to understand, this book will be indispensable to novice and advanced gardeners alike.

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This new expanded edition of a gardening standard is just what gardeners need when choosing plants for a region that dips below -20°F in winter. The original authors Heger and John Witman team up with Debbie Lonnee, an experienced garden writer and nursery worker in her own right, to revisit the 50 most popular perennial groups. Each plant group is covered in a profile so thorough it even includes information on longevity, years to expected bloom time (from both seed and potted plants), and special uses. Conveniently, nursery sources are listed within the plant group's profile rather than in an appendix (though contact information is limited to an address and phone number). Following each profile is an updated list of varieties deemed reliable in the northern tier of the country. This edition is expanded to include over 2000 varieties (cultivars as well as species), with roughly 500 earning a five-star rating. Part II, a "crash course" in gardening, teaches beginners (and reminds others) about the best practices for planting, propagating, and caring for plants. VERDICT Highly recommended for northern gardeners.—Bonnie L. Poquette, Milwaukee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816675883
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 695,798
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Heger, co-owner of Ambergate Gardens in Chaska, Minnesota, is one of the leading experts on gardening in cold climates. Debbie Lonnee, a thirty-year veteran of the nursery industry, works for Bailey Nurseries in Newport, Minnesota. She is a prolific garden writer and lecturer and the horticultural editor for Northern Gardener. John Whitman is a garden writer and photographer. He is the coauthor of Growing Shrubs and Small Trees in Cold Climates and Growing Roses in Cold Climates, both forthcoming in new editions from University of Minnesota Press.

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Table of Contents

The Perennials by Common Name Acknowledgments Introduction Major Perennial Groups Part I. The Most Popular Perennials
1. Individual Listings
Achillea
Aconitum
Alchemilla
Aquilegia
Artemisia
Asclepias
Aster
Astilbe
Baptisia
Campanula
Chelone
Chrysanthemum coccineum (see Tanacetum)
Chrysanthemum corymbosum (see Tanacetum)
Chrysanthemum morifolium (see Dendranthema x grandiflora)
Chrysanthemum x rubellum (see Dendranthema species)
Chrysanthemum x superbum (see Leucanthemum-Superbum Group)
Chrysanthemum weyrichii (see Dendranthema species)
Cimicifuga
Clematis
Coreopsis
Delphinium7
Dendranthema x grandiflora
Dendranthema species
Dianthus
Dicentra
Doellingeria
Echinacea
Euphorbia
Eurybia
Ferns
Filipendula
Geranium
Grasses
Heliopsis helianthoides
Hemerocallis
Heuchera
Hosta
Hylotelephium
Iris (Bearded)
Iris(Siberian)
Lamium maculatum
Leucanthemum-Superbum Group
Liatris
Lilium
Lysimachia1
Monarda
Narcissus
Nepeta
Oenothera
Paeonia
Phlox
Platycodon grandiflorus
Pulmonaria
Rudbeckia
Salvia
Sedum
Symphyotrichum
Tanacetum
Thermopsis
Tradescantia
Tulipa
Veronica
Part II. The Basics of Growing Perennials
2. Understanding Perennials How perennials grow Buying perennials
3. Selecting and Preparing a Site Soil and Light Soil and Moisture Spacing Companion Planting and Good Design
4. Planting Perennials Buying Bare Root Plants Planting Bare Root Perennials Buying Potted Perennials Planting Potted Perennials in the Garden Planting Potted Perennials in Large Pots Transplanting
5. Caring for Perennials Water Mulch (summer)
Fertilizing Weeding Staking Deadheading Pruning Winter Protection
6. Solving Perennial-Growing Problems Diseases and Insects Marauders
7. Propagating Perennials Sexual Propagation Asexual or Vegetative Propagation
8. Special Uses for Perennials Cut Flowers and Foliage Dried Flowers, Foliage, and Seed Heads Perennials as Food
9. Tools and Supplies Glossary

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