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Perennials (Best of Fine Gardening Series)

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This is a source of ideas for growing perennials in your garden, offering detailed information on how to successfully select, plants and care for many of the most rewarding perennials available to the gardener. There are profiles of 17 popular perennials including violets, asters, primroses, daffodils and liles. Each description offers advice on which new perennials to plant as well as how to get started and how to look after the existing plants in the garden. The authors, all expert gardeners, explain attractive...

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Overview

This is a source of ideas for growing perennials in your garden, offering detailed information on how to successfully select, plants and care for many of the most rewarding perennials available to the gardener. There are profiles of 17 popular perennials including violets, asters, primroses, daffodils and liles. Each description offers advice on which new perennials to plant as well as how to get started and how to look after the existing plants in the garden. The authors, all expert gardeners, explain attractive ways to use each plant and recommend varieties especially well suited to certain conditions.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This brief compilation of articles culled from five years of Fine Gardening magazine provides useful glimpses of a small number of perennial garden stalwarts requiring varied habitats, climatic conditions and degrees of attention from the gardener. One of the virtues of the book is its informal first-person approach: although practical advice is part of each of the 17 essays, it is neither exclusive nor monotonous. Why, for instance, a chapter on violets? Not just because they're easy to grow and multiply almost without aid. ``They have a nostalgic air of innocence,'' explains Ariel Haynes, ``and the sweetness of unpretentious beauty. Their charm is redoubled by their great variety. . . . I am fascinated by the variation of form, texture and color in violet leaves.'' Or, on the other hand, the merit of cultivating veronicas, which offer a range of shades of blue: ``Nothing attracts livelier debate in gardening circles than color, but everyone agrees on one point--there's never enough blue,'' notes Panayoti Kelaidis. The selection of perennial types is generous in scope, and not obscure; the writers all grow their own, and their firsthand experience shows. Illustrated. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561580545
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Series: Best of Fine Gardening Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 10.81 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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Fine Gardening magazine, the most trusted name in gardening, provides design ideas, helpful techniques, and time-tested know-how so you get great results in your garden.

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