Grass Scapes: Gardening with Ornamental Grasses by Martin Quinn, Catherine Macleod (Ball Publishing) Martin Quinn and Catherine Macleod have put together a great book showing how to use grasses in landscapes. They discuss forms and uses before giving details about 100 different species of grass. Quinn is a renowned grass breeder in Canada, so he knows his grasses and includes many that are hardy for use in northern climates. Expert grass breeders reveal the amazing diversity of ornamental grasses in this beautifully illustrated book. Gardeners are shown how grasses, unlike other plants, offer texture, shape, color, movement, and even sound to create a dramatic and calming effect in any landscape design. Grass forms and uses are detailed, terminology is explained, and proper grass maintenance and care are outlined. Gardeners also learn about how to get the most out of grasses in the summer, fall, and winter seasons. One hundred different grasses are shown and described in the "Grasses at a Glance" section, and simple garden plans show how easily grasses can be placed in gardens and landscapes.
Continuous Color: A Month-by-Month Guide to Shrubs and Small Trees for the Continuous Bloom Garden by Pam Duthie (Ball Publishing) A guide to using more than flowers to make a beautiful garden, this book discusses the small trees and shrubs that make up much of the structure for contemporary gardens. Trees and shrubs are arranged according to months of interest with many of the trees' characteristics described through multiple seasons-flowers in spring, foliage in summer, foliage and fruit in fall, and bark in winter. Gardeners can find the information they need quickly, and each of the 272 entries include beautiful photographs showing the plant characteristics in a natural setting. Specific gardening information is listed for each tree-the plant type, zone grown in, fruit or flower, habit or foliage, height, width, spacing, light, soil, care, uses in the garden, problems, insider's tips, and complimentary plants. Deciduous, evergreen, and broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs are all profiled.
The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers:
Based on the Column "Gardeners Q. & A.”
by Leslie Land
(Editor), Garden Editors of the New York Times, Dora Galitzki, Linda Yang
(Workman) Authoritative, accessible, and
engaging, here is a new reference from The
New York Times, a comprehensive, nearly 700-page bible of all the garden
news that's fit to print. Based on
Gardeners Q&A, the enormously popular syndicated column,
The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers
is like a passionate conversation between gardeners and gardening experts. Every
week readers from around the country send in their most vexing problems – how to
divide perennials, prune raspberry canes, grow basil that really tastes like
basil, get rid of earwigs, find long-lost varieties of flowers, keep honeysuckle
under control – and every week, the authorities at the Times write a column full of answers.
Carefully selected, updated, and expanded by Leslie Land, one of the column's two regular authors, here are 1,000 questions and answers that add up to an informal encyclopedia of gardening knowledge. The book covers flowers, trees, shrubs, the lawn, vegetables, herbs, fruit, indoor plants, soil, pests, and troublemakers. It addresses problems`and provides answers to difficulties in every North American zone. Hundreds of line drawings illustrate the book, providing botanical identification and demonstrating how-to gardening techniques. In addition, sidebars throughout supply supplemental information –“Dos and Don'ts of Deadheading," "Annuals that Beat the Heat," "To Prune or Not to Prune: The Clematis Question," "Air Layering," "Windowsill Bonsai" – plus quirky facts, trivia, lore, and myth.
Gardening with Nature by James Van Sweden
(Watson-Guptill Publications) Like Gardening with Water, the first book in the
series, this volume is "filled with valuable information and sound advice"
(House Beautiful). In
Gardening with Nature, Van
One reader says, “This method has become my new gardening bible. It has an up to date, environmentally friendly, low maintenance approach. This book will not appeal to those who like large expanses of cut grass. The focus is on reducing or eliminating cut grass and massing plants. This style creates important habitats for birds and insects that we destroy with large lawns and weed killers and fertilizers. And the effect is very beautiful!
From another reader: “I borrowed a dozen books on naturalistic planting from a friend of mine that is REALLY into gardening. All of the books had beautiful photographs and some were interesting to read but only Gardening with Nature told me how to design a natural garden for my house. I'm so impressed I'm going to fork over my own money to buy it.”
This is a well organized and written
book, with beautiful photography, listing all the plant material with drawings
for gardeners to follow. A "must" for avid gardeners.
The Complete Gardener
by Monty Don (DK Publishing)
Combining practical advice with stunning photography,
The Complete Gardener
shows gardeners how to create an environmentally friendly garden for the 21st
century, by making the most of the available natural resources to grow organic
fruits and vegetables, as well as beautiful plants and flowers. Monty Don's
chronicles a year in his garden, including both successes and failures, showing
how an organic lifestyle can be adopted by anyone, and organic gardening can be
practiced in a yard of any size.
A prolific journalist and leading garden writer, Monty Don is the gardening correspondent for several television shows and newspapers. Drawing directly on the experience gained from his own organic plot in Herefordshire in the
The Complete Gardener
combines straightforward, practical advice, and step-by-step photographs to
demonstrate best practices, from composting and pest management to sowing,
planting, and harvesting fruit and vegetables, and to clarify which varieties to
choose for the most successful results. Good design is also emphasized with
expert advice on using color, shape, and texture in the flower garden.
infused with a deep sense of caring about nature, written with passion and
packed with practical advice, Monty Don’s
The Complete Gardener
breathes new life into every aspect of gardening.
Southern Living Big Book of Flower Gardening
(Oxmoor House) A dirty little secret, and I suspect, one
that many people who buy gardening books share: I’m the opposite of a closet
gardener, I’m a gardener with no time to garden. So I can take
Southern Living Big Book of Flower Gardening and sit and look through its
beautiful, amazing pages and pretend I’m going to do what I read about. In other
words, for me, it’s a fantasy book.
Flowers are one of the defining elements
of gardens and homes across the American South.
Southern Living Big Book of Flower Gardening contains the essence of how to
use their beauty at home. From reviewing the region’s favorite flowers, to
helping you create a garden with colorful flowering plants, to showing simple
arrangements to adorn the inside of your home, this big book of flowers
represents the heart of the garden ideas Southern Living gives its readers every
Southern Living Big Book of Flower Gardening contains the best plans, ideas,
tools, and embellishments. You can find everything you need to know about
growing a flower garden in the South from the experts at Southern Living,
Quick and easy ways to add color
Solutions to all types of flower
Step-by-step projects that can be
done in a weekend
The lowdown on classic Southern
Southern gardener’s secrets to
Southern Living Big Book of Flower Gardening contains these sections: smart
plant choices, flower garden solutions, small garden projects, plants at a
glance, southern classics, beautiful gardens, contained gardens, and rooms in
bloom. An additional bonus in the book is the flower garden checklist, a monthly
to-do list for gorgeous blooms. Also included are frequently asked questions and
a detailed index.
Influential Gardeners: The Designers Who Shaped 20th -Century
Garden Style by Andrew Wilson (Clarkson Potter) Visually
stunning and exceptionally informative,
Influential Gardeners is a guide to the 20th century designers in Europe and
America, detailing those who shaped and continue to form today’s taste in garden
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