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Perennials for Pennsylvania

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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. ...
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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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For obvious reasons, perennials (plants that bloom every year) hold a special allure for both novice and experienced gardeners. This profusely illustrated addition to Lone Pine's Perennials series covers hundreds of species, varieties, hybrids, and cultivars native to the Keystone State. Perennials for Pennsylvania contains useful notes on flower and foliage colors; height and spread ranges; bloom periods; how and when to start your plants; plant strategies; light, water and nutrient needs; and selecting the best perennials for different growing conditions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551054971
  • Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing International Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Series: Perennials For ... Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 484,722
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Aknowledgments     4
The Flowers at a Glance     5
Introduction     11
Horticultural History     11
Climate     12
Hardiness Zones Map     13
Soil     14
Microclimates     14
Perennial Gardens     15
Using & Selecting Perennials     15
Getting Started     18
Light     18
Soil     20
Exposure     22
Preparing the Garden     23
Organic Soil Amendments     23
Composting     24
Selecting Perennials     26
Planting Perennials     29
Potted Perennials     29
Bare-root Perennials     30
Root Types     31
Planters     32
Caring for Perennials     35
Weeding     35
Mulching     35
Pruning     36
Staking     40
Watering     41
Fertilizing     42
Propagating Perennials     43
Seeds     43
Cuttings     47
Stem Cuttings     48
Basal Cuttings     50
Root Cuttings     51
Rhizomes     52
Division     53
Problems & Pests     56
Glossary of Pests & Diseases     58
Gardens to Visit     67
About This Guide     68
The Perennials     69
Quick Reference Chart     340
Glossary of Terms     346
Index     348
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

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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.

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