Growing Perennials in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated Edition

Growing Perennials in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated Edition

by Mike Heger, Debbie Lonnee, John Whitman
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Truly encyclopedic . . . I know of no other perennial book that gives you this much information and presents it in such an accessible format. This book is a classic." —Deborah Brown, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

"Owning this guide is kind of like having master gardener at your side every day." —The Phoenix Spirit

Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816675883
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
549,296
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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