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50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants Paperback – January 7, 2009
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“Gardeners who want the wow without the work will find plenty of ideas in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s new book, 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants.”
“This colorful guide gets right to the point, promoting the stars of the garden with a full-page close-up, a few smaller images, plus a fact and bio sheet highlighting why each deserves center stage in your garden.”
"DiSabato-Aust’s experience with and passion for plants infuses every aspect of the book, from its engaging style to her discipline in keeping it short but thorough."
"This is a great book for novice gardeners or homeowners who wish to beautify their home with care-free plants."
About the Author
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Has earned international acclaim as one of America's most entertaining and knowledgeable garden writers and professional speakers. She has extensive experience in the United States, and abroad working for over 30 years in the industry, speaking for over 25 years and designing for over 20 years.
Her experience includes stints at Longwood Gardens in the U.S., The Montreal Botanical Garden in Canada, the Kalmthout Arboretum in Belgium, and Knightshayes Court in England. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University.
Her first book The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, which has been referred to by many as 'the bible for perennial maintenance', has sold over 150,000 copies and has become Timber Press' best selling book in their 25 year history of publishing. Now available in a beautiful expanded edition.
Her second book The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, which has sold over 30,000 copies, brings her trademark exuberance, expertise, and efficiency to bear on frequently daunting elements of garden design demystifying them with her direct approach. Tracy is a gifted and award winning designer who combines artistic vision with practical horticultural strategies.
Tracy's followers now welcome her long awaited newest book (2009)'50 High Impact, Low Care Garden Plants: Tough but Beautiful Plants Anyone Can Grow which features easy care dynamic selections for our busy lives.
DiSabato-Aust is a frequent guest on national garden television and radio gardening shows. She is a vibrant speaker, and in great demand nationally and internationally, on the lecture circuit. Venues include New Zealand & Australia Landscape Design Conferences, England's Royal Botanic Garden-Kew, England's Royal Horticulture Society Garden- Wisley, The English Gardening School, The Oxford Botanic Garden The Smithsonian Institute, The Perennial Plant Association, numerous botanical gardens and professional association meetings.
Tracy has contributed articles or been featured in numerous national and international magazines, books, and newpapers. Magazines include: Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Design, & Gardens Illustrated (London, England. The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph in London, England, and The National Post, Toronto Canada have all published articles on Tracy. She has appeared on several gardening television shows including, Way to Grow & Smart Gardening. She is a frequent guest on Martha Stewart Radio.When Tracy is not busy with horticulture adventures she is training and racing as an 'All American' at the national and world's level in triathlons and duathlons.
Please vist my website tracylive.com for fun and informative articles, blogs, books, photos on gardening and triathlons.
Top Customer Reviews
Tough-but-Beautiful Plants Anyone Can Grow by Tracy Disabato-Aust
As a novice gardener, I am drawn to gardening books with a judicious mix of beautiful pictures and helpful advice. This book caught me with its opening:
I wrote this book because you might be like me. You love to garden, but there is never enough time...I've been a gardener for over thirty years both as an avocation and vocation. I love gardening but I also have countless other passions including spending time with my husband, our teenage son, and our dogs and chickens, as well as being a competitive multisport athlete at the national and international level. So I'm constantly rethinking areas of my garden and seeking beautiful yet tough plants to replace demanding ones. I refer to them affectionately as indomitable - not easily defeated, resolute, unconquerable, determined, and strong. Does this sound like the type of plant for you? These plants should be easy to care for but they should bring passion and excitement into our lives with their colors, textures, shapes, and scents. It's great if the plant is easy to grow, but if it's of minimal ornamental value, who really cares?
-50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants
by Tracy Disabato-Aust
Disabato-Aust selected 50 highly ornamental plants that require minimal care and are either US natives or award winners from around the world. Each plant is able to make a statement in multiple seasons because of its long lasting bloom, color, texture, form or fragrance. I'm particularly glad of this selection process since as an urban gardener, I am limited to container gardening.Read more ›
The organization, or lack thereof, was also jarring. The plants were not separated into categories; they were just thrown together in a list. There might be a tree, then a perennial, a shrub, another perennial, a tree, a shrub...etc. Finally, the book was poorly proofread. There could not have been 10,000 words of text in the entire manuscript and you would think that *someone* would have taken the time to ensure that all the sentences made sense and were grammatically correct, but that did not happen.
There is enough value in this book that I will end up using it in my design process, but there are much better books available.
Some plants have their point of origin stated in the text, but I would like to know the country or area of origin for all the plants listed. Just a small point.
A good read for the gardener wanting to grow low-care plants. Thrilled to see my two top grasses included in the 50....Miscanthus s.'Cosmopolitan',
and Molinia c. 'Skyracer'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its okay, I didn't agree with all her choices, my experience with many plant choices were not as positive as hersPublished 5 days ago by T Bowen
As always, Ms. Disabato-Aust has written an informative, common sense guide to easily improving our gardens -- this time with low maintenance plants. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric E.
Tracy is a local rock star that is well revered by Master Gardeners.Published 12 months ago by S. Schaadt
They forget to tell you these plants are not for Southern Calif gardens, so worthless.Published 14 months ago by Kathleen Sonnert