Perennials for Pennsylvaniaby Ilene Sternberg, Alison Beck
Perennial gardening can be easy, fun and rewarding, especially when you have this beautifully illustrated guide at your fingertips. With detailed accounts of 89 different perennials, along with information on 621 recommended varieties and cultivars perfect for Pennsylvania gardens, this book takes the guesswork out of perennial gardening. The authors' practical, commonsense advice will help bring color and variety to your garden:
• Flower and foliage colors
• Height and spread ranges
• Blooming periods
• How and when to start your plants
• Planting strategies
• Light, water and nutrient needs
• Choosing the best perennials for different growing conditions
• Over 550 color photographs.
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Perennials for Pennsylvania is excellent, and not just for those living in PA either. This book would be great for anyone living on the east coast or in most of the Midwest, too. Actually, even on the West Coast gardeners are now increasingly interested in perennials, and a great many of the multitude of flowering plants in this book would work in California, Oregon, or Washington State. This book has a lot going for it: it is extensive, covers a huge number of highly interesting and many unusual plants, it is exceptionally well-written, often very funny, too, and it is obvious that the authors know a ton about horticulture, not to mention perennials in particular. For any garden lovers who've never been exposed to Ilene Sternberg's delicious, offbeat, always fun to read prose...check this book out and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Ms. Sternberg is no ordinary garden-variety writer, and this fine book is no exception. Lastly, the book is packed with expertly taken photos, and the cultural tips are all first class. I have an extensive personal library of gardening books, and a good number of them just on perennials, but for perennials, this is the best of the lot of them. One last thought: for more than a decade now I've been developing my own perennial bed, always tweaking it, always looking to add something new and exciting to it...and I must say that hardy perennials do grow on you. They keep coming back each spring and pleasing you anew, and as time passes a well thought out, highly diversified perennial bed will dress up any landscape, and make you feel good just looking at it progress. Life is short...treat yourself to the best books, and do have a look at Perennials for Pennsylvania, no matter where it is you live.