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Perennials: The Gardener's Reference

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Perennials play a central role in today's gardens. Choosing specific plants, however, can be daunting. Is this plant hardy in my area? How big does it get? When does it bloom? Perennials: A Gardener's Reference answers these and many other questions for more than 2,700 species and cultivars in 250 genera, making it one of the most comprehensive guides available. The informative text is enlivened throughout by the authors' wide-ranging experience with perennials and by Lynne Harrison's sumptuous photographs. ...

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Overview

Perennials play a central role in today's gardens. Choosing specific plants, however, can be daunting. Is this plant hardy in my area? How big does it get? When does it bloom? Perennials: A Gardener's Reference answers these and many other questions for more than 2,700 species and cultivars in 250 genera, making it one of the most comprehensive guides available. The informative text is enlivened throughout by the authors' wide-ranging experience with perennials and by Lynne Harrison's sumptuous photographs. Whether you're a beginning gardener, a seasoned expert, or a green-industry professional, Perennials: A Gardener's Reference will be the book you turn to again and again for essential information about these supremely beautiful and useful plants.

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Salient details on selecting, planting, and nurturing more than 2700 species and cultivars of herbaceous perennials are packed into this richly illustrated volume of gardening wisdom by authors Carter, Carrie Becker, and Bob Lilly, who boast "nearly two hundred years of collective gardening experience" among them. They offer a summary of plant families and characteristics; a list of plants for special gardens; general maintenance guidelines on soil, sunlight, planting, and mulching; a glossary; recommended gardening titles; and an index. The core of the book is an A-to-Z list of perennials suitable for gardens in North America. Entries are arranged by genus and illustrated with fully captioned color photographs by Harrison (whose work is featured in Fragrance in Bloom) each features a signed paragraph offering sage advice in a friendly but confident voice, as well as lists scientific name, common name, and origin and information on preferred conditions, light, management, propagation, pests and diseases, and companion plants and design. Species and cultivars follow each perennial's entry in easy-to-use charts that indicate height and spread, hardiness zone, bloom time, and foliage. Gardeners are certain to find this an invaluable source. An essential reference tool; recommended for all public libraries.
—Donna L. Davey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928204
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 405,105
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Becker has gardened for more than 40 years. She has been a professional gardener, landscape designer, and consultant for over 25 years. Carrie is an instructor for the Edmonds Community College, teaching classes on perennial care, herbaceous plant identification, border maintenance, and color in landscape design.

Susan Carter is a garden and landscape designer. She has been involved with many horticultural organizations including Master Gardener's, the Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Northwest Horticultural Society, and the Association for Women in Landscaping. Susan has 25 years of experience in many areas of horticulture, professional training in landscape design, and a timeless desire to know everything there is to know about plants. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Bob Lilly has been in the horticulture trade since his summers in college. He worked at Wells Medina Nursery in Bellingham, Washington, for seventeen years and was the nursery manager at the Herb Farm for two years. Currently, Bob sells perennials to whoesale growers, and when not lecturing, writes about perennials for various publications throughout the Northwest.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Ann Lovejoy     7
Preface     9
Plant Families and Characteristics     11
Plants for Special Gardens     17
Maintenance Guidelines     21
Perennials A-to-Z     33
Glossary     503
Common Names     507
Nurseries and Sources     513
Recommended Reading     517
U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zone Map     519
Index     520
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    This book has beautiful pics and varieties in it.  It list names

    This book has beautiful pics and varieties in it.  It list names of plants with all conditions and has divides them by groups of the plant by varieties in some cases. It is a valuable source. I have a reference book which is good to but it has little pics for certain plants. I had no idea this would give varieties of the plant zones to be planted in conditons companion plants. Its a great book. and it arrived in exellent condition. looks new and I got it a very good..I just graduated as a horticulture major and the class wasnt that great but this book has done well on catching me up. I still might take the class elsewhere at another school nearby but this is extremely helpful

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