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The Winter Garden

The Winter Garden

by H. Peter Loewer, Larry Mellichamp

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gardeners traditionally turn their creative energies toward attractive warm-season displays and ignore the cooler months. Loewer and Mellichamp concentrate on extending garden interest through the winter months from Thanksgiving to April, asserting that "the most beautiful garden is one that charms the gardener throughout the year." Although the emphasis is on USDA Zone 6, gardeners in Zone 5 will be able to grow several suggested plants in protected microclimates. Winter-bound gardeners will enjoy the armchair opportunity to walk with the authors through several winter gardens and share the pride of owners extolling the virtues and exposing the vices of various plants. Practical information abounds in such chapters as "The Beauties of Texture," "Pods, Fruits, Plumes, and Berries," "Flowers for the Winter Garden" and "Fragrance" (yes, even in winter). Within each chapter, the authors list suggested plants and their growing habits, strengths and weaknesses alphabetically, by their conventional as well as their scientific names. The book is full of delightful tidbits (e.g., Iris foetidissima is sometimes called the roast beef iris because its crushed leaves smell like cooked meat). With suggested readings and 140 color photos, this is a thorough guide for winter gardeners in the American South. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Loewer is a prolific garden writer (e.g., Thoreau's Garden, LJ 8/1/96) who lives in North Carolina; Mellichamp is a botany instructor and greenhouse director at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Here, they present thousands of plants with garden interest that thrive in the months from roughly Thanksgiving to April Fool's Day in the region bounded by Pennsylvania to the north, Florida to the south, and west as far as the Mississippi. Winters in this region are relatively short and mild (though not entirely free of occasional heavy snows, freezes, or other grim weather), and many plants either bloom, fruit, or offer attractive textures and foliage during these months. The book is divided into chapters on landscape design; plants with beautiful buds and branches; pods, fruits, and berries; flowers and blooming woody plants; fragrant plants; and evergreen foliage. Within each chapter, plants are listed alphabetically by botanical name, with brief discussions of their special qualities, care, and notable varieties. Appendixes (not seen) discuss sculpture, night-lighting, and sources. This is a very comprehensive book on a topic that deserves more attention. Recommended for most collections, especially in the Southeast.Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., Va.

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8.85(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.75(d)

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