Powerhouse Plants: 510 Top Performers for Multi-Season Beauty

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Gardeners, like everyone, are too short on time and money to waste either on plants that only look good for a few weeks. You want hardworking, eye-catching plants that provide beauty for multiple seasons.

You want powerhouse plants — plants with colorful spring flowers and summer fruits, or summer fruits and fall foliage, or summer flowers, fall foliage and winter stems … or any combination of two or more of these desirable features. Like flowering dogwood that boasts summer ...

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Overview

Gardeners, like everyone, are too short on time and money to waste either on plants that only look good for a few weeks. You want hardworking, eye-catching plants that provide beauty for multiple seasons.

You want powerhouse plants — plants with colorful spring flowers and summer fruits, or summer fruits and fall foliage, or summer flowers, fall foliage and winter stems … or any combination of two or more of these desirable features. Like flowering dogwood that boasts summer flowers and fall fruit and foliage. Or honeysuckle that has fragrant spring flowers, summer and fall foliage, and fall fruit.

Powerhouse Plants by Graham Rice features multiseasonal perennials, annuals, groundcovers, vines, shrubs, and trees. Profiles include basic plant information, including size, hardiness, and preferred growing conditions.

With this indispensable guide in hand, you can leave the slacker plants behind and get the most of your money and landscape.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Concise care and habit information is augmented by captivating color photographs by judywhite that showcase these hardworking, must-have garden standouts."

Philadelphia Inquirer
"Concise care and habit information is augmented by captivating color photographs by judywhite that showcase these hardworking, must-have garden standouts."

Garden Design
"Offers a mind-boggling number of suggestions…It's about making the most of the space in your garden. And that's always a good idea."
The Virginian-Pilot
“Promises to be an abiding reference for year-round gardeners.”
Patio & Outdoor Living Better Homes & Gardens Deck
“The author does an excellent job…overall, this is a handy A-to-Z overview of a variety plants from grasses to trees.”
From the Publisher
“Hundreds of photographs illustrate his ideas but also encourage readers to look a little closer at every plant in their garden and insist that each one earn its place.”
Library Journal
Gardens should have year-round interest, and in his new book Rice explains how to plan a space with something for all four seasons. The title is organized alphabetically by genera (a group of species, e.g., Acer for Maples) and Rice broadly examines each genus, then provides more detailed species information emphasizing what each plant group offers for different seasons. Readers get an overview of plant groups and particular species. Overall, this is a handy A-to-Z overview of a variety of plants from grasses to trees. Each entry includes a sidebar of "Essentials" as well as numerous color photographs. Surprisingly, however, an explanation of invasive plants is not included. In fact, Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) gets only a mild warning, and Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) is recommended even though it is considered very invasive in the U.S. Southeast. VERDICT While the author does an excellent job of presenting a variety of plants that will provide year-round garden interest, readers should check an authoritative resource such as their local extension agent or Cornell's InvasivePlants.net while referring to this book.—Lisa Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604692105
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 819,923
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

judywhite is author and photographer of the award-winning Taylor's Guide to Orchids (Houghton Mifflin 1996). A past trustee of the American Orchid Society (AOS), she has earned its highest prize for writing about orchid culture, as well as the AOS Silver Medal for outstanding service to the orchid community. Her photography has graced many books and publications, and has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. A former research biologist and past editor-in-chief of one of the world's first mega-gardening Web sites, Time Life's Virtual Garden, judywhite is married to British garden writer Graham Rice. She is proud to say she has killed orchids on both sides of the Atlantic. Visit her Web site at www.gardenphotos.com.

Graham Rice is a distinguished international garden writer and is unique in having won three awards for his writing in the USA, as well as three in the UK.

He is editor-in-chief of the American Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Perennials and the author of more than twenty books, and he runs the Royal Horticultural Society's New Plants blog as well as his Transatlantic Gardener blog.

He has been the gardening correspondent of Britain's Observer and Evening Standard newspapers and contributes frequently to the RHS's magazines The Garden and The Plantsman; he has also written for all the top gardening magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including Horticulture, Garden Design, BBC Gardeners' World, and Country Life.

A widely respected plantsman, Graham trained at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a member of the RHS's committee on herbaceous plants (judging their trials of both annuals and perennials), and also judges at the Chelsea Flower Show.

He divides his gardening time between Pennsylvania and England with his wife, American garden writer and photographer judywhite.

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, TransatlanticPlantsman.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

A to Z of Powerhouse Plants 27

Abelia: abelia 28

Acer: maple 31

Actaea: bugbane 36

Amsonia: narrow leaf blue star 41

Antirrhinum: snapdragon 44

Aquilegia: columbine 47

Bergenia: elephant's ear 50

Betula: birch 53

Brunnera: false forget-me-not 57

Buddleja: butterfly bush 60

Caryopteris: blue mist 63

Ceanothus: California lilac 67

Cercis: redbud 70

Clematis: clematis 73

Clethra: summersweet 79

Conifers 82

Cornus: flowering dogwood 87

Cornus: redtwig dogwood 90

Cotoneaster: deciduous cotoneaster 95

Cotoneaster: evergreen cotoneaster 98

Cyclamen: hardy cyclamen 101

Dahlia: dahlia 104

Daphne: daphne 107

Darmera: umbrella plant 110

Dicentra: bleeding heart 113

Diphylleia: umbrellaleaf 116

Epimedium: barrenwort 119

Eryngium: eryngo 125

Euphorbia: perennial spurge 128

Euphorbia: Mediterranean spurge 131

Ferns 135

Forsythia: forsythia 140

Fuchsia: fuchsia 143

Geranium: cranesbill 147

Ornamental grasses 152

Hamamelis: witch hazel 158

Heuchera: coral bells 161

xHeucherella: foamy bells 166

Hosta: funkia 169

Hydrangea: hydrangea 174

Impatiens: busy Lizzie 180

Iris: iris 183

Lamprocapnos: bleeding heart 187

Lonicera: honeysuckle 190

Malus: crabapple 193

Meconopsis: Himalayan poppy 198

Nandina: heavenly bamboo 201

Paeonia: peony 204

Papaver: poppy 209

Phlox: border phlox 213

Pieris: Japanese andromeda 218

Podophyllum: mayapple 222

Polygonatum: Solomon's seal 225

Prunus: cherry 228

Pulmonaria: lungwort 231

Rhododendron: rhododendron 235

Rosa: rose 238

Rubus: bramble 244

Schizophragma: Asian hydrangea vine 247

Sorbus: mountainash 250

Spiraea: spirea 253

Stylophorum: celandine poppy 256

Tiarella: foam flower 259

Viburnum: viburnum 263

Weigela: weigela 269

Nursery Sources 273

Index 275

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