The Know Maintenance Perennial Gardenby Roy Diblik
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,/i>
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.
"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
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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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