Many gardeners and wannabe gardeners look at
an overgrown perennial bed and shudder. It is easy to lose track of plants in the border. Where are those liatris I planted next
to the Ryan's Pink chrysanthemum?A quick inspection finds them underneath the flopping mums.
Now, if I listened to Tracy DiSabato-Aust, I would
have cut those mums back several times during their growing season and would
have staked them so that they didn't shade out their neighbors.
WELL-TENDED PERENNIAL GARDEN, Planting & Pruning Techniques, by
Tracy DiSabato-Aust, is a treasure of a book for both novices and know-it-alls.
In it, the author begins, as all
good gardeners do, with the soil.She then explains the way to figure out the spaces for the flowers
according to their eventual grown-up size.
Many gardens that look good in June melt in the heat
of August and are full of sticks and straw in the fall.If you are not sure just how much good
staking and pruning perennials can do for the look of a garden, just take a
gander at the seasonal photos of the author's garden.Follow her tips and techniques to a beautiful garden worthy
of any tour or party.
More than 130,000 copies of this book have
been sold.A new addition is now
available.It is still the
perennial gardener's bible.Now,
it has journal pages, too, so you can record your successes.(Failures go on the compost heap.No one needs to know.)
Gardeners get muscles from many activities.Add lugging The Well-Tended Perennial Garden by DiSabato-Aust into the garden
along with your pruners.She is a
garden designer, writer, and speaker who knows how to squeeze everything into a
tidy border. A little reading this
winter will open your eyes and your garden next year. Find this book at amazon.com.
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By Stacey Hirvela, Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs,
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners
Weather-wise, northerners may not have much of an advantage, but when it comes to selecting plants for the landscape, they certainly do. The entire system of plant recommendations in North America is based on plant hardiness - in other words, how much cold a plant can withstand without experiencing extensive damage or death.
Join fellow garden lovers, history buffs and music enthusiasts to discover the quaint towns and colorful gardens of Holland and Belgium in May of 2018.
This exciting journey will be hosted by nationally known host Eric Johnson, of Public Television's blockbuster show GardenSmart. Your river cruise begins in Amsterdam where you'll see works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Anne Frank's House, and see the city's most famous gardens. Then spend a full morning on the grounds of the most beautiful spring garden in the world-Keukenhof! Visit the picturesque Belgian towns of Bruges and Ghent as well as Kinderdijk, with the Netherlands' iconic collection of 19 authentic windmills that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, history buffs will experience a captivating tour of the WWI trenches of Flanders and WWII Arnhem Battlefield of A Bridge Too Far fame. You won't want to miss this extraordinary garden adventure to Holland and Belgium.
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