The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer

The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer

by Stephanie Cohen, Nancy J. Ondra


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580175432
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 02/15/2005
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 613,439
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Cohen, “The Perennial Diva,” has received awards from the Philadelphia Horticulture Society, was elected a fellow of the Garden Writer’s of America, and was named a Garden Communicator of the Year by American Nursery and Landscape Association. Cohen founded the aboredum at Temple University and served as the director for five years. She has written for Country Living Gardener, Blooms of Bressingham Perennial Program, American Beauties Program, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Magazine, Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, and Green Profit

Nancy J. Ondra, author of Container Theme Gardens, is a garden writer and editor as well as the former owner and operator of a small rare-plant nursery. She is the author or co-author of a dozen gardening books, including Foliage (winner of the 2008 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society), The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer (winner of a 2006 Silver Award from the Garden Writers Association), Five-Plant Gardens, The Perennial Care Manual, Fallscaping, and Grasses. She currently gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and blogs at

Table of Contents

Part One: Perennial Design Demystified

1 Getting Started

2 Selecting Your Perennials

3 Exploring Perennial Partners

4 From Dream to Reality

5 It's All in the Details

Part Two: Putting Perennials to Work

6 Problem-Solving with Perennials

7 Creative Color Effects

8 A Year of Perennials

9 Gardens for Special Effects

Part Three: From Theory to Practice

10 Building a Border from Scratch

11 Expanding an Existing Garden

12 Reworking an Old Garden

Appendix: USDA Hardiness Zone Map, Planning Chart, Recommended Reading, Please Don't Eat the Delphiniums!, Acknowledgments, Photo and Garden Design Credits


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Perennial Gardener's Design Primer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a library person so I've checked out a lot of garden design and gardening books and didn't plan on buying one when I when in to Barnes & Noble. I was just browsing. Many books I've seen in libraries seem like they have too basic information, or the garden scales are overwhelming or the plans are ugly. This book is perfect. The aesthetic taste of the designs are naturalistic without looking messy, with a wide array of specimens used. It reads nicely and the garden photographs are great. Between the photos, sketches, and plant lists, you can actually get a great sense of what is being done in these gardens. There are great examples for all the different conditions a garden may be. It's very inspiring. I am definitely planning on stealing some planting designs to get good height, color and texture differences. And I went in looking for a wildflower field guide (which I also bought).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very helpful.Not dry and dusty, but a fun read. Good solid information presented in a witty style. Gives gardeners permission to try new things and not feel guilty about making mistakes, a great reference for design.
Talbin on LibraryThing 21 days ago
The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer, by Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra, is a great resource for gardeners looking for design ideas, whether for creating a new garden space or renovating an existing space. The strength of this book lies in two areas: the sample designs with plant lists, and the detailed descriptions of two new gardens put in by the authors themselves.The sample designs are well done, and I really love the long description of what the design is attempting to accomplish. Additionally, each design in accompanied by a description of the plants used and alternatives are given for almost every plant. I also liked the sections in which Cohen and Ondra describe new gardens that they each put in. They tell the readers what worked, and why, and more importantly, what didn't work, why it didn't work, and what they did to improve the original plan.