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50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants Paperback – January 7, 2009
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“For those gardeners who love plants but lack the time to spend hours in the garden, this is an excellent book.” —American Gardener
“Gardeners who want the wow without the work will find plenty of ideas in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s new book.” —Akron Beacon Journal
“Proves that low-maintenance doesn’t mean low-interest. Tracy has packed the book with traffic-stopping garden stars that require less care and less fuss. Now you can actually find time to enjoy your garden!” —Garden Home
“DiSabato-Aust has created a checklist of flowers and shrubs, fruits and vegetables that combine toughness, beauty and durability. These practical attributes can save a gardener hours of work.” —Associated Press
“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.” —The Oregonian
“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.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“A great book for novice gardeners or homeowners who wish to beautify their home with care-free plants.” —Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
“A must-have because it will tell you when and how to prune your perennials for better vigor—and how to get them to bloom more than once a season where possible.” —Caledonian Record
“DiSabato-Aust is an approachable garden writer. She knows we all love to garden but that we have lots of demands on our time and need astute guidance, which she provides in this fantastic book.” —Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly
“Sure to find a place on the shelf and in the heart of every gardener.” —Marion Star
“Guaranteed to help . . . . readers “create their dream garden”. . . . The book has stunning photography, its organization is good, and there’s a brief informational box on each plant along with a longer, more detailed description.” —Charleston Gazette
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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
Good book,but was a little on the basic side. Preferred the Well Tended Perennial Garden much more.Published 3 months ago by kp001nh
We are re-constructing our landscaping around a newly configured patio and this book has become my gardening bible! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judy Bennett
Its okay, I didn't agree with all her choices, my experience with many plant choices were not as positive as hersPublished 6 months 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 17 months ago by Eric E.