Proper Garden

Proper Garden


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Proper Garden by Elisabeth Sheldon

At last, a distinctive voice for the gardeners of North America. Elisabeth Sheldon, a superb plantsman, offers her extensive horticultural knowledge in A Proper Garden, a fresh, inspiring book of splendid prose. Her own gardens are proof of exquisite taste -- and successful cultivation of temperamental beauties. In the formidable climate of upstate New York, she has woven an enviable array of perennials into a living tapestry of shimmering colors and exciting textures. In A Proper Garden she shares her experience with all of us who face extremes of heat and cold yet yearn to grow the cottage gardens and formal mixed borders of our fellow gardeners in the mild British Isles.

An important, immensely informative book, A Proper Garden explains how to achieve a balanced play of color throughout the seasons ... how to use silver foliage as a foil for brilliant blossoms ... how to handle the behavioral idiosyncrasies of otherwise desirable plants ... how to design a beautiful border that is distinctly yours ... how to succeed with the more tender specimens in the rudest of winters. Individual chapters focus on the choicest examples and best varieties of species both well known and under-appreciated: campanulas, dianthus, anemones, veronicas, yarrows, perennial salvias, hardy geraniums. A special chapter considers unusual plants for the rockery, whether you have a rock garden proper, a rock wall, or a raised bed. Generously illustrated with finely detailed drawings and appealing color photographs of Elisabeth Sheldon's own borders, this is an authoritative book, written with elegance, clarity, and wit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811707114
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 09/01/1989
Pages: 2
Product dimensions: 5.73(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

A Proper Garden15
Masses & Mulches23
Who Should Design Your Garden?39
Almost All About Windflowers44
Flower Arrangements in the Border54
Hardy Geraniums62
The Struggle for Control73
Averting Chaos90
Plant Names124
Sterling Silver150
Facing Facts166
The Volunteer171
More Facts174
Rock Plants201
On Gardening215

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