Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide: What to Do & When to Do It Hardcover – July 15, 2009
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From the Back Cover
Your yard is home to a gorgeous perennial garden, carefully designed and lovingly planted. Maintain its health and good looks all season long with Nancy Ondra's comprehensive guide to perennial care.
General advice on planning, planting, watering, mulching, pruning, and propagating gives you all the hardworking information you need to become a knowledgeable and effective perennial gardener. For plant-specific questions, an alphabetical perennial reference puts every answer right at your fingertips. Need to know how to divide your sedum or when to cut back your lavender? It's all in the book's Plant-by-Plant Perennial Guide, drawn from Ondra's personal experience growing each perennial. Thorough instructions on how to care for 125 popular perennials include everything from light and soil requirements to how to prepare your plants for winter.
About the Author
Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants, and the people who tend them for more than 20 years. A former director of photography at Organic Gardening, he now works for publishers, horticultural suppliers, and landscape designers throughout the United States. Visit him at www.robcardillo.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The first part is about caring for a perennial garden and includes information on planting a perennial garden, caring for it, keeping up its appearance and troubleshooting problems. Reading through this, I think even an experienced gardener is likely to pick up some new tricks or be reminded of tips they've forgotten
The second part is a "plant-by-plant" perennial guide listing 125 perennials for the garden. For each perennial there are growing tips and seasonal care information, along with troubleshooting info, when necessary.
Whenever I get a new book on perennials, I always look up information on perennials I know and grow to see what the author says about them. It sort of sets my "trust level" with the information. And that's just what I did when I got a copy of this book.
First I looked up Amsonia, Bluestar. I wanted to see if Ondra included information about its tendency to self-sow itself about the garden and if she would mention the white sap that nearly squirts out of the stems when you cut them, depending on when you cut them back. Check and check, both pieces of info were included.
Then I moved on to Heliopsis, False Sunflower. I hoped she would again warn of aggressive self-sowing and also highlight the variegated variety, Loraine Sunshine. Yes and yes.
Finally, I checked Tradescantia, Spiderwort. I've decided after years of growing it that it just isn't all that nice of a perennial. I was happy to see that she included information that would give one pause before planting it, highlighting some of this plant's faults.Read more ›
That said, Ondra's book is ideal for the new gardener. She explains things in clear, "attainable" language and uses common names for plants - while providing the Latin names - which I think is less intimidating for those wanting to learn more about gardening. I recommend this book to all new clients who are interested in caring for their own perennials rather than having my company do it for them.
Thumbs up to Ondra!
Part one is all about how to develop and maintain a garden. I been gardening for years yet learned a lot of practical information I just hadn't thought about. For example: if you are going to plant a group of plants it's better to dig up and prepare the whole bed rather than dig individual holes for each plant because the roots will grow faster and wider. There is great info about planting, dealing with problems, easy ways of propagation and what to do season by season. This book had helped me become a much better gardener.
Part two is about individual plants here too I learn so much that I didn't know like cutting back many plants early in the season will help the plant be stronger and better shaped. I knew about asters and mums but there are so many more plant specific options for optimal performance. There is specific information about what to do season by season, plant by plant and how to propagate and trouble shoot specific challenges.
The other gardening book I recommend, particullarly for those beginning or adding a new garden is the Ever-Blooming Flower Garden by Lee Schneller. That is the best book on garden planning, design and plant selection. It is also helpful for "fixing" poorly designed established gardens.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for a very dear friend of mine. He loves it and is always looking for information on perennials. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Missy
This is an excellent perennial care guide. Even though care information is available elsewhere and some of the advice is rather obvious, it's helpful to have the information... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chip
The best book I have found to work your flower bed and pick the correct flowers.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer