Powerhouse Plants

510 Top Performers for Multi-Season Beauty

By Graham Rice judywhite

Gardeners, like everyone, are too short on time and money to waste either on plants that only look good for a few weeks. You want hardworking, eye-catching plants that provide beauty for multiple seasons. You want powerhouse plants—plants with colorful spring flowers and summer fruits, or summer fruits and fall foliage, or summer flowers, fall foliage and winter stems...or any combination of two or more of these desirable features. Like flowering dogwood that boasts summer flowers and fall fruit and foliage. Or honeysuckle that has fragrant spring flowers, summer and fall foliage, and fall fruit.

Powerhouse Plants by Graham Rice features multiseasonal perennials, annuals, groundcovers, vines, shrubs, and trees in profiles that include basic plant information, size, hardiness, and preferred growing conditions.

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“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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January 15, 2013