- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; 2 edition (July 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881928038
- ISBN-13: 978-0881928037
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 229 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques 2nd Edition
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“An excellent resource for planting and maintaining perennial gardens. . . . Will serve novice and experienced gardeners alike. . . . The pièce de résistance is an A-to-Z encyclopedia of perennial species, their bloom times and maintenance needs, which, alone, makes this the one book you should keep handy to consult throughout the year.” —Newsday
“A practical book filled with the details of how to care for perennials. . . . Perhaps the most useful section is that of lengthy lists in the back that help you determine which perennials you do and don’t want to grow, depending on your tolerance for maintenance and where you live, and which perennials are deer-resistant, have seedheads that attract song birds, are short-lived, need deadheading or lots of other categories thought up by this walking encyclopedia of a perennial expert.” —The Seattle Times
“Number one on my list of must-read gardening books because it takes the mystery out of how to become a first-class perennial gardener.” —Detroit News
“Perfect for beginning gardeners and considered the perennial bible for professionals and educated maintenance crews. . . . This completely revised and expanded edition has updated photos and even more information on not just which perennials to plant but how to prune, feed, divide and maintain them as well.” —The Daily News
“A really helpful book.” —Daily Telegraph
“The best book about growing perennials. Ms. DiSabato-Aust does an excellent job of describing the information needed to have a beautiful, healthy perennial garden.” —Newport Daily News
“Should be for gardeners what Joy of Cooking is for cooks: every new gardener gets a copy and learns from it over a lifetime.” —Plants and Gardens News
“Well worth revisiting, with more than 200 new photos and a 32-page journal section in which you can enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performances of perennials in your own garden.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The must-have book on perennial care, species-by-species.” —Buffalo News
“An excellent book that details when and how to transplant/divide perennials.” —Harrisburg Patriot-News
“Well worth the read, this is a good book for anyone who has a perennial garden or anyone thinking of installing one.” —Seacoast Home and Garden magazine
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With more than 130,000 copies sold since the original publication, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. In this expanded edition more than 200 color photographs have been added, along with a 32-page journal section with room to enter details, notes, and observations about your own garden.
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It provides a wealth of general gardening information on soil preparation, watering, diseases, pruning techniques and more. The plant encyclopedia section is the most valuable part of the book. In it, Ms. Aust discusses the most widely available and popular perennials individually and in detail. For each plant, there is a picture next to which she lists the latin name, the common name, the light, water and soil requirements, the height, width and bloom-time. After those details are presented, she discusses when to prune, cut back, dead-head, divide and fertilize that plant. She has gathered this information over a lifetime of gardening experience.
The appendix of the book contains many valuable lists of plants under headings such as "Plants to Pinch for Height Control" or "Clay Busters". I can't imagine selling perennials to others or tending to my own garden without this bible.
One complaint that customers have mentioned to me about this book (after I have recommended it)is that Ms. Aust uses the Latin nomenclature for everything. This was intimidating to me at first, too. I had to learn the Latin for my job as a perennial salesperson so I was forced to "embrace" it. I am glad that I did because it makes reading a book like this easier. My advice to anyone interested in gardening: learn the Latin! It's intellectually challenging and fun. It will open up a wide world of plants to you. Carpe diem!