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Do you Want Your Garden to have four seasons of bright, colorful flowers? Do you know which plants will perform best?

In Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South the award-winning horticulturist Norman Winter gives the answers. Taking the guess and the gamble out of plant purchases, he names ideal annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, and vines for any Dixie weather. Via television, newspapers, magazines, and daily public-radio spots, Winter regularly reaches more than two million homes. For his wide audience he showcases plants that are good buys and good performers. Among the unbeatable southern stalwarts he recommends in this book are four o'clock, Bouncing Bet, and summer poinsettia. New award winners he touts are scaevola, angelonia, and Jewel of Thailand ginger. His discussions of these and many more are enhanced by some 200 full-color photographs that will assist in identification and choice.

Included, too, are a guide to U.S. planting zones and a color wheel that will lead gardeners to exciting floral combinations sure to create dramatic effects. Along with a photograph of each flower come precise guidelines for proper light, water, bed preparation, fertilizers, and maintenance. In addition, Winter, a gardener with an eye for aesthetic placements, suggests companion plantings to give the landscape striking hues and lush foliage. As coordinator of the acclaimed Mississippi Medallion Program, Winter is one of the best-known gardening experts in the South. Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South offers over 170 hardy bloomers, including award winners from such programs as Arkansas Select, Florida Plant of the Year, Georgia Gold Medal, Louisiana Select, Mississippi Medallion, Oklahoma Proven, TenneSelect, and Texas Superstar. Winter's recommendations perform well in any of these award-program states and throughout the South and border states.

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Winter (Mississippi's Gardener's Guide), host of the TV show Southern Gardening, helps readers achieve a beautifully appointed garden, regardless of where they live and whether or not they have a "green thumb." This attractively illustrated book is a guide to all types of flowers, from perennials to bulbs, grasses and vines. For each type of plant, Winter offers a brief boxed description including color, how much sun and water is needed, size of plant, etc. The rest of the page includes details about toughness, planting, growing, varieties and landscape use. Winter's writing is straightforward, simple but still inviting. There is a brief section on basics that explains such concepts as color, composting and fertilization. There's also a color wheel designed to help readers select complementary plants for their garden. Still, the book is primarily geared to more serious gardeners, not weekend planters, and Winter's tips are clearly intended for people with large gardens. For example, he says, "Celosia is not a flower to be spot planted. Mass plant celosia for the most effective landscape display." (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578065448
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/17/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 691,822
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Gardening Basics
Annuals: Plants That Hustle 1
Perennials: Plants That Persevere 61
Bulbs, Rhizomes, and Tubers: Underground Storage Units 143
Ornamental Grasses: Magical Garden Plants 173
Vines and Climbers: Going Vertical 195
When in Doubt, Go with a Winner! 215
Bibliography 221
Index 223
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