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The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

The Essential Guide to Planting and Pruning Techniques, Third Edition

By Tracy DiSabato-Aust

“This practical guide is lush with clear, step-by-step advice.” —Real Simple

Whether you are a new gardener or a green thumb, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is here to help you successfully plan, plant, and tend your garden. This hardworking guide includes thorough details on the essential practices of perennial care—included deadheading, pinching, and thinning—along with growing information for specific species and cultivars, on-trend garden design advice, a monthly planting and maintenance schedule, and details on native plants and gardening for wildlife. The Well-Tended Perennial Garden will be your ally in the quest for a beautiful, well-maintained 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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July 24, 2006