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Powerhouse Plants: 510 Top Performers for Multi-Season Beauty Paperback – January 15, 2013
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Money’s tight. Who can afford to buy a plant that does only one thing? Sure, a shrub may have gorgeous spring flowers, but if it fades into the background the rest of the year, it’s not pulling its full garden weight. Rice catalogs more than 500 overachieving plants that bring multitasking glory to gardens both large and small. From the tactile magnetism of the exfoliating bark sported by the aptly named paperbark maple to the eye-catching allure of a red-twig dogwood’s crimson twigs, plants with multiple-appeal factors of fall color, winter interest, spring blossoms, and summer fragrance make economical and horticultural sense. Answering his own gardening mantra, What else does it do?, Rice’s encyclopedic compendium of high-performing annuals, bulbs, shrubs, deciduous trees, perennials, grasses, and conifers highlights his personal favorite cultivars and lists suitable alternatives. Concise care and habit information is augmented by captivating color photographs by Judy White that showcase these hardworking, must-have garden standouts. --Carol Haggas
“Concise care and habit information is augmented by captivating color photographs by judywhite that showcase these hardworking, must-have garden standouts.” —Booklist
“The author does an excellent job. . . . overall, this is a handy A-to-Z overview of a variety plants from grasses to trees.” —Library Journal
“Hundreds of photographs illustrate his ideas but also encourage readers to look a little closer at every plant in their garden and insist that each one earn its place.” —Better Homes and Gardens
“Promises to be an abiding reference for year-round gardeners.” —Garden Design
“Offers a mind-boggling number of suggestions. . . . It’s about making the most of the space in your garden. And that’s always a good idea.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“Learn about. . . . how to choose hardworking plants that provide garden interest, in some cases, from spring through winter.” —The Virginian-Pilot
“Readers will be delighted that the author’s suggestions are confined to ones that are easy to grow, hardy, and glorious performers. Nothing makes a gardener happier than to discover that a beautiful plant is also a workhorse and that it requires little attention.” —Garden Guru
“There’s no need to settle for a garden that looks great in spring or summer but makes you want to yawn during the rest of the year. Add some powerhouse plants, and you’ll be on your way to a garden that delights you in every season.” —North Dallas Gazette
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This publication reaches out to readers who garden on small plots of land where...Read more