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Plant This Instead!: Better Plant Choices - Prettier - Hardier - Blooms Longer - New Colors - Less Work - Drought-Tolerant - Native
     

Plant This Instead!: Better Plant Choices - Prettier - Hardier - Blooms Longer - New Colors - Less Work - Drought-Tolerant - Native

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by Troy B. Marden
 

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Beautiful gardens are generally thought to be true labors of love, often demanding hours of tedious routine maintenance. Planting requirements can be daunting, and finding the time to successfully cultivate a home garden is a tall order for most of us - constant watering, debris removal, and tiresome pruning are not at the top of our wish lists. Luckily, it doesn't

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Beautiful gardens are generally thought to be true labors of love, often demanding hours of tedious routine maintenance. Planting requirements can be daunting, and finding the time to successfully cultivate a home garden is a tall order for most of us - constant watering, debris removal, and tiresome pruning are not at the top of our wish lists. Luckily, it doesn't have to be this way: a carefully selected plant variety can give you all the enjoyment and curb appeal of a gorgeous, painstakingly tended garden with none of the wrist pain. Plant This Instead! tips you off to 75 lesser-known plant types that will thrive naturally in various microclimates, depending on where you live in the United States--featuring native and non-invasive plants, hardy alternatives to less sturdy species, new introductions, repeat bloomers, and other helpful varieties. Renowned garden designer and photographer Troy B. Marden offers clear-cut, side-by-side comparisons of these superior plant choices to the more common, fussier kinds. He incorporates original photography and identifies regionally appropriate selections, demonstrating which climates are friendly to which plants and ensuring that no matter your location, you'll be able to capitalize on his expert advice. Most importantly, Marden alerts you to some of gardening's most harmful misconceptions, explaining why you shouldn't copy professional landscapers and how placing a ten-dollar plant in the wrong place could cost you thousands of dollars. Planting a beautiful garden shouldn't be a chore--and with Plant This Instead!, it won't be.

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"Beautiful color photos by the author provide valuable side-by-side comparisons and eye candy to help one visualize how suggested plants would fit into existing garden schemes." - Newsday

"This book is well organized, easy to understand, packed with excellent plant suggestions." - Gardening & Botany Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591865766
Publisher:
Cool Springs Press
Publication date:
02/01/2014
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,305,557
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Troy B. Marden has co-hosted Volunteer Gardener out of Nashville, TN, for over 10 years. Troy is a popular, lively and in-demand speaker for all kinds of gardening and social groups. He has more than 26 years of experience in the garden industry & garden writing world, as well as strong connections to the country music industry. Marden has written articles for magazines such as Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, and Southern Living. He is also an exceptional photographer. Visit www.troybmarden.com to review his work and photography.

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Plant This Instead!: Better Plant Choices - Prettier - Hardier - Blooms Longer - New Colors - Less Work - Drought-Tolerant - Native 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Read this Book Instead! This is the perfect book to read while winter drags on to remind us that spring will come! By reading through Plant This Instead! I feel equipped and excited to create beautiful fuss-free plant combinations with the new varieties he has suggested. A perfect example of this is the obedient plant, which is commonly mistaken for being obedient! Of course it’s a crazy weed, which I was starting to realize but didn’t know what to replace it with. Marden points out the one varietal that you should go with (Miss Manners) and offers other alternatives, like Blue Vervain. I’m definitely going with the Blue Vervain for its punch of color and its character as a well-behaved native. Troy Marden is an experienced garden designer who I hadn’t heard of before this book, but now know that he is well-known around Nashville for hosting a public gardening tv show and writing for several regional magazines. If you want to be a better gardener by making plant choices that result in better-performing, better-looking gardens – this is a handy resource.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good pictorial reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago