The complete guide to select, plan, plant, maintain, and problem-solve for gardeners living in the South.
Every season in the South presents a gardening opportunity. Take advantage of all of them by choosing the perfect plants! Using the right plants makes gardening not only easier, but more fun, and helps you grow the best-looking and healthiest garden possible.
The Southern Gardener's Handbook helps experienced and expert-level gardeners pick the ideal plants to get the most pleasure from their gardens. Detailed plant profiles help you get the best bang for your buck (and work) in the garden. Helpful advice about caring for the unique needs of southern gardens, along with complete information about USDA Hardiness zones make this a resource you will not want to go without.
Annuals, biennials, perennials, tropicals, bulbs, ornamental grasses, trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, lawns and vegetables are all covered in depth by gardening expert and writer Troy B. Marden.
Nearly 300 at-a-glance full-color photos and plant profiles allow you to plan, create and enjoy the very best results from your garden.
About the Author
Troy B. Marden has co-hosted Volunteer Gardener out of Nashville, TN, for over 10 years. Troy is a popular, lively and in-demand speaker for all kinds of gardening and social groups. He has more than 26 years of experience in the garden industry & garden writing world, as well as strong connections to the country music industry. Marden has written articles for magazines such as Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, and Southern Living. He is also an exceptional photographer. Visit www.troybmarden.com to review his work and photography.
Table of Contents
Featured Plants 6
What is a Hardiness Zone? 8
USDA Cold-Hardiness Zones 9
Welcome to Gardening in the South 16
Greener Ways to Garden 26
Garden Like a Pro 38
Annuals & Biennials 50
Lawn Grasses 118
Ornamental Grasses 130
Photo Credits 251
Meet Troy B. Marden 256