The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer

The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer


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The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer by Stephanie Cohen, Nancy J. Ondra, Allan M. Armitage, Nancy J. Ondra

This substantial guide offers in-depth guidance for a wide variety of gardening sites and situations, with chapters on designing a new garden, redesigning an old one, putting in a new border, using perennials in a variety of problem sites—wet, hot, shady, dry—and how to create striking plantings for all four seasons. The initial chapters describe how to create a garden plan, selecting perennials, combining them with annuals, planning for color and texture, and other topics. In addition to color photos of gardens, the volume is illustrated with frequent two-page drawings of garden types accompanied by a description, plan, and plant list. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580175456
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 02/15/2005
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.98(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

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Perennial Gardener's Design Primer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 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.