The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden

by Roy Diblik
     
 

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We’ve all seen gorgeous perennial gardens packed with color, texture, and multi-season interest. Designed by a professional and maintained by a crew, they are aspirational bits of beauty too difficult to attempt at home. Or are they?

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden makes a design-magazine-worthy garden achievable at home. The new,

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Overview

We’ve all seen gorgeous perennial gardens packed with color, texture, and multi-season interest. Designed by a professional and maintained by a crew, they are aspirational bits of beauty too difficult to attempt at home. Or are they?

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden makes a design-magazine-worthy garden achievable at home. The new, simplified approach is made up of hardy, beautiful plants grown on a 10x14 foot grid. Each of the 62 garden plans combines complementary plants that thrive together and grow as a community. They are designed to make maintenance a snap. In fact, the entire garden is mowed down at the end of the season!

The garden plans can be followed explicitly or adjusted to meet individual needs; size can be altered by treating the grid-like design as a modular building block that can be halved, doubled, or tripled as needed. This complete garden system makes a gorgeous perennial garden available to everyone, no matter their skill or the size of their space.

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Editorial Reviews

The Chicago Tribune - Nara Schoenberg
“Diblik explains the concepts behind self-sustaining plant communities — plants that naturally grow well in harmony and require little maintenance, once established. With Diblik's method, you can throw out the mulch, abandon staking, deadheading, the fertilizers and herbicides, the end-of-the-season cleanups. Instead, you'll learn to understand how plants grow — their soil, water, and light requirements — and the easy ways to get what you want.... A wonderful book for homeowners and designers alike — it definitely belongs on your bookshelf.”

Landscape Architecture
“A stunning guide to creating nature inspired gardens… Diblik, who supplied many of the plants for the award-winning Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago, offers up detailed information about 74 sturdy and appealing perennials in a photo-rich reference.”

Garden Variety News
If you're considering a perennial garden for a project, the plantsman behind the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park has some ideas to share. Roy Diblik owns Northwind Perennial Farm, a nursery in Burlington, Wisconsin, and he appropriately starts the book off with chapters on understanding your garden (soil, light, shade), understanding plants (growth habits, flowers, foliage, stems, crowns), preparing and maintaining the site, and some likely plants to consider. Then comes the true treasure—chapter 6 has 62 planting plans, broken down into sun and shade, and then further into themes inspired by successful public plantings (the High Line, “Essence of Piet Oudolf") or even paintings (van Gogh's Poet's Garden).

A Garden of Possibilities
“If you’re dreaming of a low-maintenance, lush, perennial garden this spring, then Roy Diblik’s new book should be your planting bible. It provides dozens of fresh, detailed plans and gorgeous color photographs of easy-care yet stunningly artistic gardens.”

East Oregonian
“A book for thinking gardeners who really want to take the time to know their plants and understand how their plants live and work together as a sustainable community. Armed with this knowledge, gardeners will be free to actually spend time enjoying their gardens.”

Akron Beacon Journal
"Roy Diblik to the rescue! His latest book debunks the traditional landscaping advice in favor of a more natural approach that takes advantage of site, soil, light and just the right selection of plants to bring year-round beauty and interest to your home or business.”

From the Publisher
“Perennial gardeners will appreciate The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, a book based on the premise that knowing your plants helps you care for them more effectively, with less work.”

Country Gardens
"Diblik has codified a naturalistic, yet artistic, approach to building garden beds." 
Gardens Illustrated
“The common-sense approach should make this a much-used reference.” 
Michigan Gardener
“The first half of the book covers site preparation, planting, care, maintenance, and of course, key plants for the author’s ‘know maintenance’ system. Diblik shows you how to reduce garden chores to only minutes a week. You will learn when to plant and water, and how to weed strategically.”
Library Journal
05/15/2014
"Knowing your plants means less work," says Diblik, a garden designer and owner of Northwind Perennial Farm. He encourages readers to use this knowledge to design and maintain gardens in ways that mimic natural plant communities and thereby reduce maintenance needs. Introductory chapters cover garden and plant characteristics, site preparation, planting, and, yes, maintenance. These are followed by profiles of 74 perennials, grasses, sedges, and bulbs that will, according to the author, thrive with minimal attention in most of the northern United States. Entries are arranged alphabetically by botanical name and include common names, a full-color photo, information on flower, foliage, size, bloom time, and growing conditions, and a recommended companion plant. The author then provides 62 garden plans using the profiled plants, each for a 10' x 14' area; plant lists and care notes are included. VERDICT Diblik's approach to garden design and maintenance, combined with the plans, will help experienced gardeners in the Northern regions of the States take their gardens to the next level. Novices will need more basic information, and gardeners in other areas will benefit from consulting an appropriate regional gardening guide, since the plant profiles do not include information about heat tolerance or USDA hardiness zones.—Janet Crum, Northern Arizona Univ. Lib., Flagstaff
Garden Design Online - Jane Berger
“Diblik explains the concepts behind self-sustaining plant communities — plants that naturally grow well in harmony and require little maintenance, once established. With Diblik's method, you can throw out the mulch, abandon staking, deadheading, the fertilizers and herbicides, the end-of-the-season cleanups. Instead, you'll learn to understand how plants grow — their soil, water, and light requirements — and the easy ways to get what you want.... A wonderful book for homeowners and designers alike — it definitely belongs on your bookshelf.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604693348
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
465,842
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Noted plantsman and designer Roy Diblik has spent more than 30 years studying, growing, and enjoying plants. His passion for native plants and other perennials began with his work at the Natural Garden Nursery in St. Charles, Illinois, and has been cultivated through his establishment of Northwind Perennial Farm, a nursery in Burlington, Wisconsin. Roy’s recent work includes a planting of the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and a garden for the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is best known as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf’s midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago. He is a sought-after speaker and regularly addresses audiences across the country.

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