The Texas Flowerscaper

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Gardening/Flowerscaper Series

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-Height and zone guides
-Watercolor illustrations for bloom, color, and texture

Kathy's creative format will delight "lazy gardeners!" Her promotion of hardy plants for Texas' unique growing climates will help gardeners succeed where they may have failed before using nationally written horticultural guides.

--Brenda Beust Smith, Houston's "Lazy Gardener"

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Overview

Gardening/Flowerscaper Series

-Flip pages
-Height and zone guides
-Watercolor illustrations for bloom, color, and texture

Kathy's creative format will delight "lazy gardeners!" Her promotion of hardy plants for Texas' unique growing climates will help gardeners succeed where they may have failed before using nationally written horticultural guides.

--Brenda Beust Smith, Houston's "Lazy Gardener"

Kathy Huber's Flowerscaper will bring to Texas gardeners an easy-to0use, practical-yet-informative source for plant selection. Her choice of plants is excellent." --Sally McQueen Squire, Houston's "Bulb Lady"

Garden color comes alive from the pen of a top Texas gardening writer Kathy Huber. A must read . . . a must addition to your gardening library. --Bill Zak, KTRH Gardenline program host

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Dallas Morning News
They like to feel Art between their fingers and the scent of a rose bud close to their nose.

Kathy Huber wants gardeners to step back and view the whole landscape. As encouragement, Ms. Huber, garden editor for the Houston Chronicle has put together a gem of a book.

The title is unwieldy: The Texas Flowerscaper: Seasonal Guide to Bloom, Height, Color and Texture (Gibbs-Smith, $ 22). The book isn't.

Ms. Huber's work allows the reader to compare and contrast more than 400 flowers, shrubs, herbs, ornamental trees and tropical plants - each geared to weather in Texas. Its ingenuity is in its arrangement.

Using color-coded pages, Ms. Huber classifies plants as one of three types: warm weather, cool weather and year-round. Each plant is presented on a tri-cut page that allows the reader to experiment with all sorts of combinations.

How about sweet violet, with its dark green rounded leaves and purple flowers, next to yellow-and-white Shasta daises? Or the lavender-blue blooms of aster with the gray-green, pointed foliage of rosemary. The potential combinations are endless.

Each section includes the height of the plant, how it can be propagated, how much sun it likes, how and where to plant, the best fertilizer to use, how to combat common diseases, and hundreds of other tips.

I particularly like the author's decision to use drawings rather than photographs. Each plant is illustrated in two ways, in the ground and up close. And the drawings by J. Lynn Peterson are beautifully done.

My main complaint is the book's size. The pages measure less than 7 by 8 inches; each plant takes up a third of that space. The index, with its minuscule entries, is downright awful.

I want more. Of course, like many gardeners, I'm greedy. More varieties. More space. And more practical gardening books like The Texas Flowerscaper.
— Craig Flournoy

Dallas Morning News - Craig Flournoy
They like to feel Art between their fingers and the scent of a rose bud close to their nose.

Kathy Huber wants gardeners to step back and view the whole landscape. As encouragement, Ms. Huber, garden editor for the Houston Chronicle has put together a gem of a book.

The title is unwieldy: The Texas Flowerscaper: Seasonal Guide to Bloom, Height, Color and Texture (Gibbs-Smith, $ 22). The book isn't.

Ms. Huber's work allows the reader to compare and contrast more than 400 flowers, shrubs, herbs, ornamental trees and tropical plants - each geared to weather in Texas. Its ingenuity is in its arrangement.

Using color-coded pages, Ms. Huber classifies plants as one of three types: warm weather, cool weather and year-round. Each plant is presented on a tri-cut page that allows the reader to experiment with all sorts of combinations.

How about sweet violet, with its dark green rounded leaves and purple flowers, next to yellow-and-white Shasta daises? Or the lavender-blue blooms of aster with the gray-green, pointed foliage of rosemary. The potential combinations are endless.

Each section includes the height of the plant, how it can be propagated, how much sun it likes, how and where to plant, the best fertilizer to use, how to combat common diseases, and hundreds of other tips.

I particularly like the author's decision to use drawings rather than photographs. Each plant is illustrated in two ways, in the ground and up close. And the drawings by J. Lynn Peterson are beautifully done.

My main complaint is the book's size. The pages measure less than 7 by 8 inches; each plant takes up a third of that space. The index, with its minuscule entries, is downright awful.

I want more. Of course, like many gardeners, I'm greedy. More varieties. More space. And more practical gardening books like The Texas Flowerscaper.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879057060
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/4/2000
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A life-long plant enthusiast with a keen interest in garden design, Kathy Huber has been the gardening editor for the Houston Chronicle for nearly twenty years. She acquired her passion for and adoration of gardening from her mother and grandmother. Kathy is active in the Houston community organizing public garden presentations, seminars, and garden club and nursery activities. She lives in Houston.

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Introduction--Getting Started

Whether you see a garden as a microcosm of the grand scheme or a place to smell the roses, a garden is an extension of your home. It is a reflection of you, as are the architecture of your house and your choices of car and clothing. But it needn't be merely a decorative accessory.

A garden can enhance your lifestyle and expand your living space. As an outdoor room, it can serve as a solitary refuge or a place for entertaining and family recreation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2000

    Intelligent Gardening

    I had never involved myself in gardening in Texas. I found this book to be extremely well organized, easy to find characteristics - i.e. - bloom time, height, propagation, soil growth, sun/shade. This book is a real boon to beginning to intermediate gardeners . The flash card type spiral bound format was remarkably simple to get around in and whatever info I needed I found quickly. The personalized information on each card included particular info regarding the viability of the plant in the varied climates of Texas. (if it did better int he humid climate of the Houston area, etc...). Each short synopsis of the plant was accompanied by a watercolor picture showing the main characteristics of the plant. I found the organization of all the plants in 3 sections by height (short, medium and tall growth) to be particularly helpful. The color coded edges showing bloom times also made it easy to research for seasonal garden plannning. All in all a very useful little book. I recently used it to help an out of stater as it could be adapted, though not as successfully to thier needs.

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