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The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

Planting & Pruning Techniques

By Tracy DiSabato-Aust

With more than 180,000 copies sold since its original publication, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, in this expanded edition, there's even more to learn from and enjoy.

This is the first, and still the most thorough, book to detail essential practices of perennial care such as deadheading, pinching, cutting back, thinning, disbudding, and deadleafing, all of which are thoroughly explained and illustrated. More than 200 new color photographs have been added to this revised edition, showing perennials in various border situations and providing images for each of the entries in the A-to-Z encyclopedia of important perennial species. In addition, there is a new 32-page journal section, in which you can enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performance of perennials in your own garden.

Thousands of readers have commented that The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is one of the most useful and frequently consulted books in their gardening libraries. This new, expanded edition promises to be an even more effective ally in your quest to create a beautiful, healthy, well-maintained perennial garden.

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“Perfect for the entry-level gardener, this practical guide is lush with clear, step-by-step advice for good growing.” —Real Simple

“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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Number of pages
384
Publication date
July 24, 2006
ISBN
9780881928037