Perennial Gardens for Texas

Perennial Gardens for Texas

by Julie Ryan

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Perennial Gardens for Texas by Julie Ryan

A perennial garden is an ever-changing source of delight. Each season brings new colors and textures in flowers and foliage. As the years go by, perennial plantings mature and interweave into forms more beautiful and surprising than a season’s growth of annuals can ever give. Best of all, a perennial garden can grow almost anywhere with plants suited to local soils, temperatures, and rainfall. This book is a complete guide to perennial gardening in Texas and similar regions of eastern New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas. In Part One, Julie Ryan offers a historical sketch of cottage gardens and perennial borders, with a sampler of some of their modern variations. In Part Two, she defines the major ecological regions of Texas and, with words and color photographs, takes you on a tour of lovely public and private gardens in each region. You’ll find all the "how to" information for creating your own garden in Part Three. Ms. Ryan describes and pictures over 300 flowering perennials, bulbs, foliage plants, and old roses suitable for Texas gardens, with lists of companion annuals, vines, shrubs, and small trees. Accompanying charts provide quick reference to each plant’s preferred regions and cultivation requirements. In addition, Ms. Ryan discusses how to design a garden and select plants, prepare the beds, and deal with garden pests. She concludes with substantial lists of resources, including mail-order suppliers of perennials, bulbs, and old roses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292787674
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 07/05/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 86 MB
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About the Author

A well-known gardening writer, consultant, and photographer, Julie Ryan coauthored Landscaping with Native Texas Plants. She lives in Dallas.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part One. Gardens
    • Introduction: In Search of Regional Gardens
    • 1. Cottage Gardens and Perennial Borders: A Historical Sketch
    • 2. A Garden Sampler
      • A Cottage Garden
      • More Cottage Gardens
      • Perennial Borders
      • Shade Gardens
      • Gardens of Native Plants
      • An Old-fashioned Garden
  • Part Two. Regions
    • Introduction: Regionally Speaking
    • 3. The Prairies and Cross Timbers
      • An Artist's Garden
    • 4. The Edwards Plateau
      • San Antonio Borders
    • 5. The Plains Country
      • Four Native Gardens in Midland
    • 6. The Trans-Pecos
      • Glass Mountains Shrub Garden
      • Desert Garden at Lajitas
      • A Desert Mountain Garden
    • 7. The Piney Woods
      • A Woodland Garden in Longview
    • 8. The Gulf Coast
      • The Upper Gulf Coast
      • The Lower Gulf Coast
    • 9. The South Texas Plains
      • Laredo Gardens
    • 10. The Lower Rio Grande Valley
      • Palms and Pothos
      • Flowers like Trees
      • A Rosy Future
  • Part Three. Plants and Planting
    • Introduction: Plants That "Do" and How to Grow Them
      • Pleasures of Gardening
      • Ecology
      • Plant Sources and Preservation
    • 11. Design with Perennials
      • Kinder, Gentler Color
      • Perennial Myths
      • Bloom Season
      • Setting, Style, and Theme
      • Site Selection
      • Garden Seasons
      • Sizes and Shapes
      • Color Schemes
      • Planning
    • 12. Plant Selection and Growth Requirements
      • On Plant Names
      • Perennials Primer
    • 13. Flowering Perennials
    • 14. Bulbs
      • How to Prepare a Spring Bulb Bed for Fall Planting
    • 15. Foliage Plants for the Flower Garden
      • Decorative Foliage for Sunny Sites
      • Greens for the Shade
      • Perennial Grasses
    • 16. An Old Rose Sampler
      • Introduction to Old Roses
      • Care of Old Roses
      • Bourbon Roses
      • China Roses
      • Hybrid Musk Roses
      • Hybrid Perpetual Roses
      • Noisette Roses
      • Polyantha Roses
      • Tea Roses
      • Species Roses and Near-Species Hybrids
      • New English Roses in the Old Manner
    • 17. Companion Plants for Perennial Gardens
      • Reseeding Annuals
      • Vines
      • Shrubs and Small Trees
    • 18. Techniques: Smart "Dirt-Gardening"
      • Bed Preparation
      • "Organic" versus Conventional Horticulture
      • Digging the Bed and Improving the Soil
      • Propagation
      • Care
  • Part Four. Plant Charts
    • Introduction: Chart Legend
    • Summary of Abbreviations and Symbols Used in Charts 1-3
    • Chart 1. Herbaceous Perennials
    • Chart 2. Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes, and Tubers
    • Chart 3. Foliage Plants and Grasses
  • Appendix I. Mail-Order Suppliers of Perennials, Bulbs, and Old Roses
  • Appendix 2. Organizations and Periodicals
  • Appendix 3. Public Gardens with Perennial Plantings
  • References to Published Sources
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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