- Series: Better Homes & Gardens
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0696209527
- ISBN-13: 978-0696209529
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Better Homes and Gardens Perennials for Today's Gardens (Better Homes & Gardens) Hardcover – February 1, 2000
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Better Homes and Gardens has issued what may be the perfect book on perennials. Perennials for Today's Gardens contains all the details a gardener could need or want: gorgeous, full-page color photos of each of the 100 perennials covered; written descriptions of each plant; a history of the name and the plant's propagation; planting guidelines (including the correct soil conditions, drought tolerance, sun and shade requirements, spacing and placement tips, friendly companion plantings, and hardiness according to zones); and information on related species.
In addition, we get sections on design (focusing on color, form, texture, fragrance, luminescence, and seasonality), design partners (shrubs and trees, structure, water, ornaments), garden ecology (pattern, process, light, soil, and moisture), and "putting it all together" (creating space, combinations, layering). The perennials themselves are grouped into sections on shade, partial shade, and sun, so you immediately know where to look for the perfect plant for that shady backyard spot or the full sun of the front yard. Perennials will suit the gardener ready to create stunning, easy-care garden plots that will bring joy year after year. --Stefanie Durbin
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The book is filled with page after page of underused and brand new plants. This feast is served up with the extraordinary plant knowledge and innovative design ideas that we've come to expect from plantsman and designer C.Colston Burrell.
There is something here for every gardener but I think especially for those intrepid souls eager to expand their plant and design repertoire (and who isn't). Many of these plants will be new to the reader - thank goodness! The plant names alone - Anemonopsis, Tricyrtis 'Kohaku', Carex 'Island Brocade', Phygelius 'African Queen' -- are enough to drive the gardener straight to the appropriate mailorder catalogue, a list of which is thoughtfully provided in the index.
Don't be put off by the new and unusual in Perennials for Today's Gardens. Burrell thoroughly discusses the ferns, hellebores, epimediums, salvias, hibiscus, iris and geraniums that populate our gardens. His clear presentation on using new plants alongside our mainstays inspires us to actually try those trilliums, primulas and woodland peonies that have been so tempting but intimidating.
The book's sections on design and garden ecology are extremely well written and useful. In fact this is a great course on garden design. The plant sections of the book are divided into shade, part shade and sun gardens, and include underused native plants and some of the newest plants making their way into Western gardens from China and other less explored parts of the world. The photographs are excellent - obviously chosen to show how a plant will really work in the garden.
I can't praise this book enough. Enjoy!