Perennial Gardens for Texas

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A perennial garden is an ever-changing source of delight. Each season brings new colors and textures in flowers and foliage. As the years go by, perennial plantings mature and interweave into forms more beautiful and surprising than a season's growth of annuals can ever give. Best of all, a perennial garden can grow almost anywhere with plants suited to local soils, temperatures, and rainfall.

This book is a complete guide to perennial gardening in Texas and similar regions of ...

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Overview

A perennial garden is an ever-changing source of delight. Each season brings new colors and textures in flowers and foliage. As the years go by, perennial plantings mature and interweave into forms more beautiful and surprising than a season's growth of annuals can ever give. Best of all, a perennial garden can grow almost anywhere with plants suited to local soils, temperatures, and rainfall.

This book is a complete guide to perennial gardening in Texas and similar regions of eastern New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas. In Part One, Julie Ryan offers a historical sketch of cottage gardens and perennial borders, with a sampler of some of their modern variations. In Part Two, she defines the major ecological regions of Texas and, with words and color photographs, takes you on a tour of lovely public and private gardens in each region.

You'll find all the "how to" information for creating your own garden in Part Three. Ms. Ryan describes and pictures over 300 flowering perennials, bulbs, foliage plants, and old roses suitable for Texas gardens, with lists of companion annuals, vines, shrubs, and small trees. Accompanying charts provide quick reference to each plant's preferred regions and cultivation requirements. In addition, Ms. Ryan discusses how to design a garden and select plants, prepare the beds, and deal with garden pests. She concludes with substantial lists of resources, including mail-order suppliers of perennials, bulbs, and old roses.

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A complete guide to perennial gardening in Texas and similar southwestern and southeastern regions, illustrated with color photos. Offers a historical sketch of cottage gardens and perennial borders, with a sampler of some modern variations, and defines major ecological regions of Texas, highlighting lovely public and private gardens in each region. How-to information is presented on 300 types of plants. Accompanying charts provide quick reference to each plant's preferred regions and requirements. Includes lists of resources and suppliers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292770898
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,437,763
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

A well-known gardening writer, consultant, and photographer, Julie Ryan coauthored Landscaping with Native Texas Plants. She lives in Dallas.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Part One. Gardens
INTRODUCTION: In Search of Regional Gardens
ONE. Cottage Gardens and Perennial Borders: A Historical Sketch
TWO. A Garden Sampler
A Cottage Garden
More Cottage Gardens
Perennial Borders
Shade Gardens
Gardens of Native Plants
An Old-fashioned Garden

Part Two. Regions
INTRODUCTION: Regionally Speaking
THREE. The Prairies and Cross Timbers
An Artist's Garden
FOUR. The Edwards Plateau
San Antonio Borders
FIVE. The Plains Country
Four Native Gardens in Midland
SIX. The Trans-Pecos
Glass Mountains Shrub Garden
Desert Garden at Lajitas
A Desert Mountain Garden
SEVEN. The Piney Woods
A Woodland Garden in Longview
EIGHT. The Gulf Coast
The Upper Gulf Coast
The Lower Gulf Coast
NINE. The South Texas Plains
Laredo Gardens
TEN. The Lower Rio Grande Valley
Palms and Pothos
Flowers like Trees
A Rosy Future
Part Three. Plants and Planting
INTRODUCTION: Plants That "Do" and How to Grow Them
Pleasures of Gardening
Ecology
Plant Sources and Preservation
ELEVEN. Design with Perennials
Kinder, Gentler Color
Perennial Myths
Bloom Season
Setting, Style, and Theme
Site Selection
Garden Seasons
Sizes and Shapes
Color Schemes Planning III
TWELVE. Plant Selection and Growth Requirements
On Plant Names
Perennials Primer
THIRTEEN. Flowering Perennials
FOURTEEN. Bulbs
How to Prepare a Spring Bulb Bed for Fall Planting
FIFTEEN. Foliage Plants for the Flower Garden
Decorative Foliage for Sunny Sites
Greens for the Shade
Perennial Grasses
SIXTEEN. An Old Rose Sampler
Introduction to Old Roses
Care of Old Roses
Bourbon Roses
China Roses
Hybrid Musk Roses
Hybrid Perpetual Roses
Noisette Roses
Polyantha Roses
Tea Roses
Species Roses and Near-Species Hybrids
New English Roses in the Old Manner
SEVENTEEN. Companion Plants for Perennial Gardens
Reseeding Annuals
Vines
Shrubs and Small Trees
EIGHTEEN. Techniques: Smart "Dirt-Gardening"
Bed Preparation
"Organic" versus Conventional Horticulture
Digging the Bed and Improving the Soil
Propagation
Care
Part Four. Plant Charts
INTRODUCTION: Chart Legend
Summary of Abbreviations and Symbols Used in Charts 1-3
CHART I. Herbaceous Perennials
CHART 2. Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes, and Tubers
CHART 3. Foliage Plants and Grasses
APPENDIX 1. Mail-Order Suppliers of Perennials, Bulbs, and Old Roses
APPENDIX 2. Organizations and Periodicals
APPENDIX 3. Public Gardens with Perennial Plantings
References to Published Sources
Bibliography
Index

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