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The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs Paperback – May 19, 2010
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Cohen, an award-winning horticulturist and author, and Benner, a horticulture consultant, photographer, and writer, offer a straightforward and inspiring approach to creating a nonstop garden. A garden with something to offer year-round, utilizing trees and shrubs as the backbone for plantings composed of perennials and bulbs, annuals and tropicals, edibles and vines. Those new to gardening will benefit from the book's recipe for success, which is detailed in useful charts, descriptions and abundant photographs of woody and herbaceous selections, and 10 design plans. Each planting scheme, ranging from color-based to scented, befits a certain type of site condition, from woodland to wetland to a parking strip. Novices will find useful advice on invasives to avoid, plant care, and culture. A final section should stir ideas for enlivening the garden with ornaments and containers, structures that serve as design elements, and seasonal displays. A glossary, resource listing, and information about plant hardiness, bloom time, or special characteristics such as fall color and seedheads add to this volume's practical value and aesthetic pleasure. --Alice Joyce
“Any book of gardening advice written by people more accustomed to working with soil instead of ink is worth a look. . . . Add in a bunch of handy planting plans and some smart maintenance advice, and you’ve got everything you need to create a four-season garden.” —Fine Gardening
“This book will stir a desire to plan for year-round interest and hold your hand while you endeavor to achieve it.” —Newsday
“Garden design can be intimidating, but this book is a great place to start.” —Garden Gate
“That’s smart gardening.” —Digging
“A compact guide to seasonal plant groupings, Cohen and Benner’s handbook suggests innovative changes to the humdrum yard.” —American Reference Books Annual
“Clear writing and instructive photos aimed at beginning gardeners and those baffled by seasonal plant choices and arrangements.” —The Seattle Times
“A born teacher, [Cohen] has put her considerable knowledge to work in this book for gardeners of many levels in many situations.” —Oregonian
“Belongs in every library.” —Northwest Indiana Times
“One of the leading authorities on overall gardening techniques and strategies.” —Buffalo Spree
“The photos are gorgeous and creative, the designs are well-thought-out and easy to envision and understand, and Stephanie’s humorous, no-nonsense approach will make you feel like a more experienced gardener has taken you by the hand and joined you in creating the garden you’ve always dreamed of.” —North Coast Gardening
“If you’re shooting for a landscape that’s colorful, that changes with the seasons and that’s reasonably low maintenance, here’s your guide.” —People Places Plant
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There are only SO many really intricate gardening plans that once could execute before it gives you and the nursery you work with a major headache
I HAVE grown perennials for 25 yrs, I HAVE gone complicated and gotten frustrated and tossed out plants , ( and normally those that came with a price tag that was on the high side)
One thing I learned in all my years of gardening on 3 country acres,,,,,is KEEP IT SIMPLE( fill in the blank here)
I have 4 heavy shade gardens that no longer have a single flower in them because 10 yrs ago I decided I liked the looks of the foliage better than the flowers and I think I did that before it became vogue to do just that. It was practical and it pleased my senses.
These gardens are simple, they work,,,,,,they are filled w/ many hostas, climbing hydrengas, ferns and other shade loving annuals ( coleus, and yearly bulbs) so they work for me , All survived a huge drought we had last summer, and are looking pretty darn good w, the heavy snow and spring rains this year
I have succulent gardens in my birdbath and outside sitting in flat pots on the deck, and have mixed lots of herbs in my perennial border ( just bc its easy to snip for dinner!) and gosh,,it smells SO good when passing it! I garden for all sensese not just to look, but to smell good too!
This year I dug up the entire front garden, had the wall re done and am doing almost ALL annuals fora full summer riot of color and its FUN!
I added cannas, orange trumpet ,dahlias and a few other things bc this is really hot hot sun ( my home faces south west)
Its fantastic the sea of color I created in a 5 ft wide by 25 ft long area
I like this book bc it shows anyone how easy it is to figure out things for a successful garden ( gardens in my case)
Who says simple is cannot be stunning?? Add the angel trumpets and the elephant ears and the garden speaks volumes to me,
So I want to say that this indeed is a simplistic way of looking at doing a garden the proportions are good, the ideas are very good, the plans alone are worth the price of the book
I just wish I had a book like this 25 yrs ago so I could have saved myself so many many expensive mistakes,,,,,,,but then again, a garden does teach you patience
Love the book would give this to any new homeowner or anyone attempting to design a wonderful garden for the first,,,,or the fifth time~
The authors advise that we "Garden Smarter, Not Harder", which works for me. I'm tired. I'm looking for practical ways to make my garden beautiful without making more work for myself. I was particularly interested in the many advantages of planting a variety of plants: perennials, annuals, herbs, tropicals, trees, and shrubs, all together rather than grouped by kind. They say that variety is better for purposes of diversity, creativity, less maintenance, and year-round interest. Then there's the advantage of developing a habitat for wildlife.
I know that I am enjoying a book when I grab my highlighter. This book is simple enough to be easy to understand and complete enough to teach me things I didn't even know I needed to know. I'm glad I bought it. Now I want to get back to it and dig out more ideas.