Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials

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Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials is the definitive guide to:

* Creating beautiful combinations
* Growing lush, healthy gardens
* Using hundreds of versatile perennials!

At last, a perennial encyclopedia that gardeners can really use--not just look at. It presents 161 major perennial entries, plus hundreds of ...

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Overview

Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials is the definitive guide to:

* Creating beautiful combinations
* Growing lush, healthy gardens
* Using hundreds of versatile perennials!

At last, a perennial encyclopedia that gardeners can really use--not just look at. It presents 161 major perennial entries, plus hundreds of species and cultivars, all described in detail in the encyclopedia section with complete growing and landscaping information. Charts and tables provide current information on every aspect of perennial gardening--all chemical free. Photos and illustrations, many in color.

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Does your garden consist of a couple of bedraggled rose plants and wilted petunias, while your neighbor's looks like the Longwood Gardens? "Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials" is the latest offering for the green-thumbed and gardening wannabes. The book is divided into three major sections, focusing on designing gardens, growing perennials, and an A-Z dictionary of plant types The section on design covers choosing beds, borders, and islands to flatter the yard and selecting blooms to span or highlight seasons. The color-wheel technique for selecting complementary colors of plants is included. Height, arrangement, texture, degree of formality, light, and shade are discussed. Then the individual elements are pulled together into designs for the yard, including a variety of plans with suggested plants. Growing the perfect garden involves a number of elements. Knowing about climate, soil, soil preparation, diseases, and weeds figures strongly in a successful garden. Also included in this section are discussions and charts on the propagation and culture of a variety of plants The last half of the book is devoted to the individual perennials. One hundred sixty-one flowers, foliage plants, and ground covers are described. Besides descriptions, pointers are given on how to grow them and on their landscape uses. Entries for many popular plants, such as dianthus, are broken down into various varieties. For example, 14 varieties of hostas and 10 day lilies are included. Each entry has at least one color photograph of a variety of that plant The volume closes with a glossary, lists of sources and organizations, and suggested reading. The index allows access by popular and formal names. (The common name gives a "see" reference.) It also includes subject references to such topics as composting, flowers, and propagation Several guides to perennials have been published in recent years. "Taylor's Guide to Perennials" (rev. ed., H&M, 1986) and "Perennials for American Gardens" (Random, 1989) offer access to a large variety of plants. The "Perennials" volume in the Burpee American Gardening Series (Prentice Hall, 1991) gives a brief overview. Rodale's presentation is literally more from the ground up. It makes generous use of photographs, illustrations, charts, and special boxed segments to help pull the various concepts together. The information on designing gardens and growing plants contained in "Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials" may make the book appropriate for circulating collections, with a second copy for reference. In either location, it will be a useful volume in public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875965703
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 533
  • Product dimensions: 7.69 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Phillips holds a master's degree in horticulture and is executive editor of Rodale garden books. A lifelong gardener, she lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania. C. Colston Burrell, garden designer, photographer and author of the award-winning A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers, was curator of native plants at the U.S. National Arboretum and currently operates his own landscape design firm. He lives in Free Union, Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    Beginners Guide

    I was a new homeowner with lots of empty yard space and a love of flowers. I didn't know anything about perennials and Rodales Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials became my 'bible'. Within 3 years I had dug up 5 perennial beds and am now enjoying the benefits. This easy to understand book made gardening a happy past time. I find myself referring to this book all the time while the other perennial books sit on my bookshelf.

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