Perennials Short and Tall: A Seasonal Progression of Flowers for Your Midwest Garden

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Designed for accessibility, this book offers tried-and-true advice on how to keep a yard in bloom. Presented in the sequence in which they bloom, with a chapter devoted to each of the three major growing seasons, 25 varieties of flowers are profiled with accompanying color illustrations. Additionally, Moya L. Andrews provides information about such basic topics as bed preparation, planting locations, weed control, and landscape principles. Andrews also offers practical tips on propagating, transplanting, and ...

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Overview

Designed for accessibility, this book offers tried-and-true advice on how to keep a yard in bloom. Presented in the sequence in which they bloom, with a chapter devoted to each of the three major growing seasons, 25 varieties of flowers are profiled with accompanying color illustrations. Additionally, Moya L. Andrews provides information about such basic topics as bed preparation, planting locations, weed control, and landscape principles. Andrews also offers practical tips on propagating, transplanting, and dividing perennials, as well as aesthetic considerations such as the use of color outdoors and flower arranging with cut blossoms. Suggestions for flower arrangement and producing indoor blooms in the winter months are also included.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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Moya L. Andrews, well known in academic circles for her books on voice therapy, artfully switches gears with this graceful little book on gardening. Obviously a labor of love.
Chicago Botanic Garden Journal
"Writing in an informative, yet casual style, Moya Andrews gives advice on growing flowering perennials in this guide for both novice and experienced gardeners, passing along her broad knowledge of the subject." —Marilyn K. Alaimo, Chicago Botanic Garden Journal

— Marilyn K. Alaimo

Carolyn Harstad

"Beginning and novice gardeners will find this book invaluable as they plan their gardens. With a colorful palette of well known, dependable plants listed in bloom order, Moya Andrews explains how to select, cultivate, site, and combine these tried-and-true flowering friends." —Carolyn Harstad, author of Go Native! and Got Shade?

Ezra Haggard

"The text descriptions for each of the flowers mentioned, and illustrations of most of the flowers by bloom sequence through the seasons, fills a vacancy in the gardening book market." —Ezra Haggard, author of Trees, Shrubs, and Roses for Midwest Gardens

Chicago Botanic Garden Journal - Marilyn K. Alaimo

"Writing in an informative, yet casual style, Moya Andrews gives advice on growing flowering perennials in this guide for both novice and experienced gardeners, passing along her broad knowledge of the subject." —Marilyn K. Alaimo, Chicago Botanic Garden Journal

From the Publisher
"The text descriptions for each of the flowers mentioned, and illustrations of most of the flowers by bloom sequence through the seasons, fills a vacancy in the gardening book market." —Ezra Haggard, author of Trees, Shrubs, and Roses for Midwest Gardens
Bloomington Herald-Times
...[T]his book is suitable for beginning and novice gardeners--and the more sophisticated green thumbs out there will appreciate the handsome color illustrations and detailed appendix.
May Dreams Gardens
. . . [A]n excellent gift for the beginning gardener . . .
Library Journal

Have you ever wondered how to plan your garden so that you can enjoy beautiful blooms throughout the gardening seasons? What about properly caring for perennials so that they continue to delight year after year? How about creating and displaying fresh-cut flower arrangements to share with neighbors and friends? Andrews, a master gardener and contributor to Bloom magazine, helps with all that and more in this handy volume. The 25 perennial flower profiles are arranged by season (according to when they bloom), and within each season they are arranged alphabetically by botanical name. Each profile contains a brief description, information about cultivation and care, and even short literary quotations to round it out. Harris's detailed, full-color illustrations provide a touch of whimsy to a book that speaks to hands-on gardeners and armchair enthusiasts alike. The appendixes help the reader identify plants for specific garden needs, e.g., perennials by color, those that are heat- and drought-tolerant or that need constant moisture, those that are deer-resistant or that flower in shade. There is also a short list of mail-order resources. A USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map is also included. Recommended for public libraries and special horticultural libraries serving both new and avid gardeners, especially where there are spring, summer, and fall blooming seasons-and cold winters.
—Eboni A. Francis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253219763
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 708,276
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Moya L. Andrews is Dean of the Faculties Emerita at Indiana University. A Master Gardener and author of numerous books, Andrews hosts "Focus on Flowers," a weekly radio show on WFIU, an NPR-affiliate, and writes gardening articles for Bloom Magazine. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Gillian Harris is a natural science illustrator. She is an Indiana Master Naturalist and recently served as president of the South-Central chapter of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS). She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface

1. An Inviting Garden
2. Work in Progress
3. Flowers across Three Seasons
4. Displaying Flowers
5. Spring
6. Summer
7. Autumn

Appendices
Bibliography
Index

Indiana University Press

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

    A Lovely Book for Gardeners

    Beginning perennial gardeners and seasoned ones will find this book inspirational as well as helpful. Although the author is an Indiana gardener, I have already found it very helpful in my New Jersey garden which is a zone warmer. And, the author also conveys in a very special way the delight one finds in working, developing, and enjoying a garden.

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