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Gardening in Containers: Creative Ideas from America's Best Gardeners (Fine Gardening Design Guides) Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Part of the "Fine Gardening Design Guides" series, Gardening in Containers is a compilation of articles that originally appeared in Fine Gardening magazine. Illustrated with beautiful color photographs, the articles range in topic from designing container gardens and selecting containers to container garden culture. Packed with ideas and information, this title is suitable for both beginning and experienced gardeners. Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces (a sequel to Lasagna Gardening, Rodale, 1999) presents Lanza's system for growing gardens in small spaces and containers using raised beds but no digging, tilling, or weeding. She briefly explains how to create these beds and then discusses ways to make the most of a small garden area, including using containers. She also provides cultural information on various flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries, and rock garden plants and suggests specific varieties suitable for growing in small spaces and in containers. Clear, detailed information and an engaging style make this book a pleasure to read. While most container gardening books highlight annuals and perennials used as annuals in plantings, the Wheelers suggest growing dwarf hardy plants. They cover choosing and grouping containers as well as plant selection and design. They also give instructions for making hypertufa containers and for maintaining general container gardens. Their book concludes with ten detailed plans for planted containers and plant descriptions. This British import contains lovely photographs, but the plant descriptions do not include USDA hardiness zones and make virtually no mention of how to overwinter your creations in cold climates. Gardening in Containers and Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces are recommended for all libraries, while the Wheelers' book is recommended for experienced gardeners who don't mind searching out hardiness ratings and overwintering information. Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A host of articles culled from Fine Gardening magazine comprise varying perspectives on the art of container gardening. Rob Proctor, Gordon Hayward, and Sydney Eddison are among well-known garden writers and designers who share their expertise and suggest creative ways to pair eye-catching plant combinations with pots of all kinds. You can expect authoritative advice on all aspects of container culture, along with ideas spanning a diverse range of plant material. From foliage and flowers to bonsai, succulents, bulbs, herbs, and specimens for small water gardens, there are displays subtle enough to inspire small-space gardeners, and extravagant arrangements more likely aimed at ambitious mavens yearning to produce opulent effects. Alice Joyce
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As advertised, the book includes many creative ideas, some of which I noted in passing when I read the original article in my FG magazines, thinking to myself "I'll get back to that." What I would like to get back to is building planting boxes, making willow trellises, and installing a small water garden in a continer (Better Homes and Gardens CONTINER GARDEN has many more ideas for this type of garden). Ideas for all three are included along with photos of topiary and penthouse roof gardens if you are so inclined.
Some but not all of the projects in this book are a bit pricey, but most can be adapted to the smaller purse. They can definitely be used in the smaller spaces.