Perennial Companions: 100 Dazzling Plant Combinations for Every Season

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Every gardener wants to create breathtaking designs with color, form, and texture. But perennial combinations present challenges: How do I know all plants will bloom at the same time? How do I pick plants that have interest in each season? Most perplexing -- which plants look good together in the first place?

Perennial Companions
takes away the guesswork by providing Tom Fischer's 100 proven picks. New gardeners will learn how to create ...
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Overview


Every gardener wants to create breathtaking designs with color, form, and texture. But perennial combinations present challenges: How do I know all plants will bloom at the same time? How do I pick plants that have interest in each season? Most perplexing -- which plants look good together in the first place?

Perennial Companions
takes away the guesswork by providing Tom Fischer's 100 proven picks. New gardeners will learn how to create simple pairings with two plants and gardeners with a bit more experience -- or beginners looking for a challenge -- will find complex arrangements with four or more plants. Arranged chronologically by season, spanning the earliest spring to the onset of winter, each entry identifies all the main plants by both common and botanical names, specifies the care and conditions each requires, and indicates when the combination reaches its peak of beauty.

Love flowers? You'll find both quiet compositions and bold blends. Prefer the texture of leaves? You'll find ferns and soft sweeping grasses. Better yet? Combine both for sophisticated tapestries that beguile and dazzle the eye.Whether you want to create a small-scale sanctuary, a welcoming path, or a bewitching border, you'll find an abundance of inspiration in this perfect package.

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Editorial Reviews

Muskogee Phoenix Daily Online
“This little gem…takes a new approach to guiding gardeners toward success.”
Hartford Courant

“Other books have presented companion-plant suggestions, but Fischer’s seasonal approach is particularly handy—added insurance that a carefully composed arrangement of plants will actually bloom at the same time.”

Akron Beacon Journal

“This book simplifies garden design by suggesting plants that not only complement one another in color, form and texture, but also bloom at the same time and have like requirements for sun and moisture.”

Seattle Times

“Fischer gives as much attention to texture as he does to color, and the results look doable as well as desirable.”

Salem News
"Provides readers with a multitude of plant combination suggestions."
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Provides readers with a multitude of plant combination suggestions."

Garden Gate

"Combining plants … is not easy. [This book] can help."

Chronicle Herald

"Filled with helpful photographs of plant combinations."

Houston Lifestyles and Homes

"A great little book for helping a gardener to create or enhance borders and beds."

Michigan Gardener

"Takes away the guesswork of gardening."

Muskogee Phoenix Daily Online - Valerie Easton

“This little gem…takes a new approach to guiding gardeners toward success.”

From the Publisher

"Whether you want to create a small-scale sanctuary, a welcoming path, or a pretty border, you can find ideas in this handy guide."

"This book is much more than eye candy … [It] is compelling—one beautiful combination after another."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929393
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/18/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 328,811
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Tom Fischer is editor-in-chief of Timber Press. Before moving to Portland, Oregon, in 2004, he was the editor of Horticulture magazine in Boston, Massachusetts. His experiences as a bi-coastal gardener and his inexhaustible curiosity about plants have both shaped his new garden, which in 2008 was profiled in the Oregonian. A prolific writer as well as an editor, his articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living.
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Table of Contents

Early spring to Mid-Spring 10

Early Spring to Late Spring 16

Mid-Spring 18

Mid-Spring to Late Sprinq 32

Late Spring 46

Late Spring to Early Summer 48

Late Spring to Summer 54

Late Spring to Autumn 58

Early Summer 60

Early Summer to Midsummer 78

Early Summer to Late Summer 88

Early Summer to Autumn 92

Midsummer 94

Midsummer to Late Summer 118

Midsummer to Early Autumn 136

Midsummer to Autumn 138

Late Summer 148

Late Summer to Early Autumn 174

Late Summer to Autumn 178

Early Autumn 182

Autumn 192

Late Autumn to Winter 206

Winter 208

Chart of USDA Winter Hardiness Zones 210

Index 211

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