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The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer Paperback – February 15, 2005
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The quick reference Planning Chart has to be one of my favorite things about the book.
Would I buy it again? yes, I think I would
Nancy Ondra, worked as a gardening editor as well as writing numerous top selling books. I liked there use of the newest and latest perennials. I liked the authenticity of using real gardens and the befores and afters.The photos are great. I liked the time-saving tips. The chart of flowers on the back of the book is a winner. However, the best thing about this book is the humor-I love it! Hurrah for a gardening book that shows real people wrote it!
You can easily find all the, say, medium-height, yellow spring-blooming plants with purple foliage for zone 6 that like full sun and wet soil.
The text (meat) of this book is average and normally I'd just send this back to the library after stealing a good design idea or two. But I'm going to purchase this book because the chart is everything I've always wanted from a gardening book. It's well worth paying for!
By Stephanie Cohen and Nancy J. Ondra
If this book had been available when I first started gardening, I would have saved both time and money and might have avoided frustration and disappointments. This publication allows the perennial gardener to skip past the trial and error stages of gardening and move directly into planting and growing pleasurable perennial gardens.
Whether one is a novice attempting a first-ever flower bed or a seasoned gardener re-configuring or enlarging a pre existing one, there is ample advice and encouragement to accomplish ones goals with confidence and satisfaction. The artistry of this book is that it is not necessary to read it from cover to cover in order to learn. Reader may select only those chapters that reflect the existing physical conditions of their gardening space or may chose to read about a specific style of garden they want to create.
One can find advice about a shade or a sun garden, a dry or a soggy location, a small flower bed or a meadow of wildflowers, a perfectly manicured border or a minimal maintenance garden. Whatever the readers' choice, the authors offer guidance for plant site, bed preparation, flower selection and plant combination. Within each clearly defined type of garden there is a suggested list of very specific plants that have a proven track record for converting perennial gardeners' dreams into reality.
There is an interesting rhythm to this book. Each author gardens according to her particular tastes and needs and writes about them with conviction. By juxtaposing two different yet respected points of view, the authors have created a primer with a double purpose.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Originally I took out this book from library. It was so helpful I knew I needed my own. Love it. The best on perennial design.Published 11 months ago by Lizzie Girl
I have met the author at a lecture she gave and have visited her personal garden. She has a very practical, yet informative approach to design. Read morePublished 14 months ago by salud, amor y pesetas
Photos and diagrams not viewable/readable in Kindle edition. Otherwise content is useful. I don't understand why it is so hard to make photos that are legible in the Kindle... Read morePublished 19 months ago by West Coast Paddler
Great for a beginner that has made many mistakes in achieving a desirable backyard. This book has provided me with the advice that I've lacked by not having a gardening mentor. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paul H. Brill
The book arrived in the condition as advertised. The book is a delight to read and very informative. Very satisfied with this purchase.Published on March 19, 2014 by Lisa