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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1st edition (September 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603420428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603420426
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a neat, easy-to-read manual, with full-color pictures of some of the most popular tender perennials” – The Sunday Journal Sentinel

From the Back Cover

Tender Plants for Hardy Perennial Gardens

Enjoy many of your favorite plants season after season by bringing them indoors for the winter. Plant by plant and step by step, the McGowans show you how to rescue more than 160 tender perennials from the killing cold. With a little indoor care, your plants will be healthy and ready for repeat appearances in the garden come spring.

 

- Garden outside your zone

- Save money

- Transform "annuals" into perennials

- Expand your plant palette

- Enjoy favorite plants year after year

 

What is a tender perennial? Every perennial is hardy in its native climate, but many cannot survive winter temperatures in colder zones. If a particular perennial acts more like an annual in your garden, it's a tender perennial to you.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hort Man on December 29, 2008
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This book answers the many questions that gardeners have who wish to carry over their tender plants from one year to another. Why throw away those lovely geraniums and dahlias and tender bulbs when they can be grown and flowered over and over. Look at it as a very environmentally friendly practice that doesn't require recycling your hard-earned dollars. And these suggestions are not gotten from other sources like many books written by so-called professionals. They are gleaned from actual experience gained from years of bringing many previously thrown away plants back into bloom.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Brand on October 22, 2009
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What a great idea for a book. Thank YOU, Alice and Brian! I was lucky enough to visit their nursery in slightly western Mass. a number of times and really appreciate that a lot of what they had to share then is in easy reference book form now. (In fact, I have a scented geranium that's the great-great-grandson of a purchase from them still.)

There are lots of books that cover perennials, tender and otherwise, but they never seem to understand that not all gardeners live in California or have massive greenhouses. Alice details what constitutes sunny & warm vs. cool & bright so it's easy to figure out which corner or window in the house will best suit. Skeptic that I am, I checked first on her recommendations for the ones I've successfully overwintered: Agreed (tho I scored last year with my fuchsia when I trained a fan on them for air movement). Then I looked up the ones I'm edging toward the porch right now to figure out how to save them this winter. Ah: Move the lemon away from the hot window and into the cooler living room. Check.

I highly recommend this book for those who want a pretty simple guide to propagation too -- as Alice writes, "overwintering small plants...is actually a lower-maintenance alternative."

Great book, and certainly not just for us miserly New Englanders!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bennett on January 26, 2009
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Got this for Christmas, and I know I will use it a lot. Am already debating which tender perennials to try for 2009. Thunbergia alata? Moonflower? And who knew that Saliva guaranitica and mirabilis can be overwintered as tubers? This book is a godsend in an economy where dollars must be stretched.
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I found this book very helpful and informative for over-wintering flowers in our northern climate, however, it has to wait until next fall to put into practice.
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By Teresa Lilly on July 12, 2013
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The book is in great condition. This book is a great starter book for any beginner in decorating or small projects.
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