Understanding Perennials: A New Look at an Old Favorite

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A visually beautiful guide to working with perrenials and helping them flourish, by one of today's best gardening writers.

Perennials are the basis of virtually every garden. The shelves are loaded with books that give readers the same list of plants. That "encyclopedia" is missing from this book—who needs another one? Instead Bill Cullina has offered what he describes as the psychology of perennials—their needs, wants, and potentials. Starting at the roots, moving up through ...

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Overview

A visually beautiful guide to working with perrenials and helping them flourish, by one of today's best gardening writers.

Perennials are the basis of virtually every garden. The shelves are loaded with books that give readers the same list of plants. That "encyclopedia" is missing from this book—who needs another one? Instead Bill Cullina has offered what he describes as the psychology of perennials—their needs, wants, and potentials. Starting at the roots, moving up through the stems, the leaves, and finally the flowers, Cullina has written a groundbreaking book that will stand as the definitive word on the horticulture of the most important plants in everyone's garden. "A book that provides both new and seasoned gardeners the strong foundation for a lasting relationship with these plants."

As Michael Pollan said of another Cullina book, "This is one of those exceedingly rare reference books that you'll consult simply for the pleasure of its prose."

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Dominique Browning
…this book really is, as the subtitle insists, "A New Look at an Old Favorite," and my copy is already well thumbed…Cullina is an engaging, clear and congenial writer.
—The New York Times
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  • ISBN-13: 9780618883462
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/9/2009
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM CULLINA, for many years the propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society, is the author of four major Houghton Mifflin gardening books. He is currently plant and arden curator at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where he is developing a world-class botanical garden.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Secrets of Perennials Exposed

    Divided into chapters based on the anatomy of plants Understanding Perennials begins with roots and clearly points out the differences between bulbs, corms, tubers, etc. Explanations of what makes perennial regrowth possible are detailed and practical. This is followed by chapters on stems, leaves, flowers, etc. The author also covers the subjects of soil, garden planning, and propagation in equal depth with scientific explanations as well as personal experience. The writing style is often humorous and presents the density of information in a way that is never academic.

    I would prefer that the book was arranged in a format more suitable for reference. The graphic design does not seem to equal the professionalism and quality of the author's text. For example, focused sections on particular subjects are placed within related chapters which breaks up the reading in a way I find distracting. The mostly attractive photographs are not always anchored to the text and often fail to provide anything more than ornamentation.

    These weaknesses do not subtract from the value of the book overall, and I can admit to rereading the book twice since purchasing it. If your interest in gardening extends into horticulture and botany, you'll be fascinated by the depth of information provided in Understanding Perennials.

    Mr. Cullina is well-educated and experienced in the science of plants and he shares his knowledge in this accessible and matter-of-fact expose into the secret lives of perennials. I highly recommend two other books by the author: Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines, and Understanding Orchids.

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