The All-New Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Planning, Selection, Propagation, Organic Solutions

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The best just got better. Reader's Digest's best-selling gardening book is totally revised and updated with hundreds of new plant varieties and all 4-color photos illustrations, plus ALL-ORGANIC solutions and simple projects for eco- friendly gardening.

Written by experts, this full-color edition contains all new illustrations, photos, tips, and tricks for everything from organic fertilizing and composting to rotating a vegetable garden. Diagrams on beneficial bugs, weeds, and ...

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Overview

The best just got better. Reader's Digest's best-selling gardening book is totally revised and updated with hundreds of new plant varieties and all 4-color photos illustrations, plus ALL-ORGANIC solutions and simple projects for eco- friendly gardening.

Written by experts, this full-color edition contains all new illustrations, photos, tips, and tricks for everything from organic fertilizing and composting to rotating a vegetable garden. Diagrams on beneficial bugs, weeds, and plant disorders, sections on bulb care for both outdoor and indoor planting, proper sowing of annuals, and properly planting perennials help make your garden beautiful, every year. And it's all presented in clear, easy-to-understand language.

This practical guide is a refreshing gardening sourcebook that features:

• All-new 2,500 full-color stunning photographs and 800 full-color practical step- by-step diagrams and illustrations

• An extensive plant directory of more than 700 plants-plus hundreds of new plant varieties-listed by common and botanical names

• New information on eco-friendly gardening-including recipes for non-toxic fertilizer and disease & pest controls-as well as recommendations for planting to attract hummingbirds or repel deer

• Over 200 pages of charts that provide easy-to-access information on the latest trends in plants, problem-solving tips, new hardiness zone maps, and more

All-new organic garden guidance-how to garden safely without nasty chemicals, from planting and fertilizing to pest control

• Directions for specialized and trustworthy gardening websites where gardeners can get additional information

• Comprehensive index that features cross-referenced common and botanical names for absolute accuracy

With All New Illustrated Guide to Gardening as your guide, you'll be designing and implementing a gorgeous organic garden in no time.

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Editorial Reviews

Victoria Advocate

...Gardening books are good gifts for aficionados and nature lovers...there are thousands of gardening titles to choose from and Reader's Digest New Illustrated Guide to Gardening is one of the most popular...

Real Simple

For gardeners who know the difference between an annual and a perennial, this revised edition of the classic best-seller covers all the bases—from how and when to prune shrubs and trees to planting a small orchard. It has a particularly thorough section on pest and disease control.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762109999
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 239,191
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor Cole is widely considered as one of Canada's top gardening experts. He studied horticulture at the Royal Botanical Gardens, in the UK and was curator of the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa for over 20 years. Cole is the author of many magazine articles on gardening as well as many books.
Fern Marshall Bradley is the former gardening books editor for Rodale Press. She is best-known for the best-selling Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, and has also authored or edited many books, including Reader's Digest's Vegetable Gardening..
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Planning Your Garden 7

Lawns and Ground Covers 21

Perennials 31

Irises 69

Peonies 77

Daylilies 81

Hostas 85

Chrysanthemums 89

Carnations 94

Ornamental Grasses 96

Ferns 101

Bulbs, Corms, and Tubers 109

Dahlias 134

Gladioli 143

Lilies 145

Rock and Water Gardens 151

Annuals 189

Trees 215

Shrubs and Vines 247

Hedges 346

Roses 353

Rhododendrons and Azaleas 370

Heathers and Heaths 375

Fruits 379

Vegetables 435

Herbs 483

Taking Care of Your Garden 495

Index 558

Credits and Acknowledgments 576

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    An All-In-One Gardening Reference

    An all in one reference book like this one could be given as a wedding or housewarming gift. It is almost 600-pages, has a directory of 700 annual, bi-annual, perennial plants, 2500 photographs, and 800 step by step how-to illustrations. And, the authors' focus is on organic gardening with non-toxic fertilizer, disease and pest control solutions.

    The book begins with a chapter on planning and ends with a chapter on taking care of your garden. In between, the chapters include topics such as lawns, fruits, vegetables, water gardens and bulbs. Iris, peony, daylily, hosta, dahlias, roses, and others, each receive an entire chapter to themselves.

    The advice in the book is practical. For example in the planning chapter the authors advise that you think about how you want the garden to look in the future and start small, gradually implementing your improvement plan.

    The 200 pages of charts cover topics ranging from lawn disease symptoms and cures to selecting plants for a water garden. There are several types of plant reference pages. For example, the pages on shrubs for specific locations lists suitable choices for wet and dry soil, those with interesting winter bark, shrubs for sun, shade, fall color, etc. Plus, there is a 50-page chart of shrubs and vines providing their description, uses, light and soil needs, varieties to look for, etc.

    Every chapter has illustrated tips, useful to new and experienced gardeners. Whether you want to know how to plant, prune, divide, seed, propagate, espalier, or attract birds and butterflies, it is covered.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2009

    Easy to use

    I am so happy I bought this reference. Great pictures and good advice. Very nice division of topics including how to deal with pests and weeds.

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